February 24, 2013 3:54pm
In her first novel The Albino Album, LGBT emerging author Chavisa Woods, noted for capturing a “strange, troubling vision of domestic life in the rural U.S.” (Go Magazine), presents a Technicolor vision of rural adolescence. The Albino Album breaks into a whirlwind tour of the underbelly of America, spanning countryside to cityscape, from the cornfields of Indiana, to the big brass sound of Mardi Gras, and the heights of the Empire State Building. In the tradition of the southern gothic novel, Woods presents a new land of contemporary misfits including firedancers, circus performers, catholic workers, gutter punks, horse thieves, and the archangel Gabriel.
Lucy Jane Bledsoe says the book “is a 21st century fairytale: potent, grim, fierce, redemptive. If Flannery O’Connor were alive today, she’d be cheering for this new voice.”