Adam (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) When Adam Freedman—a skinny, inexperienced teenager from Piedmont, California—is sent by his parents to join his older sister Casey in New York, he is hopeful that his life is about to change. And it sure does. It is the summer of 2006, and Casey has thrust herself into NYC’s lesbian and trans activist scene and wild queer nightlife. Tagging along, Adam is at first uncomfortable, an obvious outsider, but then he meets Gillian, a hot, older woman, and for the first time in his life falls madly in love. The only problem? She thinks he’s a trans man.

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“As a transwoman and lesbian, realistic depictions of these kinds of conversations are incredibly powerful. There’s so little accurate and honest representation for queer youth–and, frankly, queer adults–that to find a work that spoke to me so much was revelatory… Adam is funny, and truthful, and unflinching, and sexy, and harsh, and fair. It’s almost everything I could ask for in an LGBT novel right now.” — Avery Edison, The Toast

“[Adam] is, in its way, an almost perfect comedy… [It] represents a giant step forward from the times when trans people were portrayed as objects of pity, or serial killers, or symbols of dreamlike weirdness, when we were portrayed at all.” – Stephanie Burt, The New Yorker

“Compulsively readable, Adam sometimes seems like a YA novel, only with way more explicit sex. The book is also philosophical, presenting at its core, a question about gender, desire, and subjectivity: is sexual identity defined by who you have sex with, or who you think you’re having sex with…The gimmick at the center of Adam is a good one, and the complicated issues it provokes are profound.” — Hillary Chute, Bookforum

Adam is a needed correlative to didactic queer fiction that treats its protagonists with unexamined reverence… Like the trans men in Adam, my gender is both real and hard-won, but also that most incendiary of descriptors, the one no one wants to apply to themselves: trendy… Most importantly, Adam allows us to say the unsayable… It allows readers to acknowledge the culturally privileged place affluent, white trans men occupy without denying the emotional struggles it took to get us there.” – Claire Harlan Orsi, The New Inquiry

 “Schrag’s writing is sharp and stylish but also effortlessly graceful; you almost don’t notice how great her sentences are because they flow straight into your brain, situating themselves there like some better, funnier version of your own thoughts.” — Emily Gould, The Millions

“I read [Adam] as hilariously accurate, thought-provoking satire, that echoed upsetting aspects of trans communities that I have witnessed, and explored questions around identities and disclosure that I had never considered.” — Kyle Lukoff, American Library Association’s Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Round Table

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