praise for eli clare
“Using the language of the elemental world, [Eli Clare]
delineates a complex human intersection and transmutes
cruelty into its opposite a potent, lifegiving remedy.”
Alison Bechdel, creator of Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic
and Dykes to Watch Out For
“Eli Clare’s Exile and Pride . . . challenge[s] us to think beyond
identity politics. This set of nine interconnected essays defies
categorization in its exploration not only of queerness and
disability but also of class, race, urban-rural divides, gender
identity, sexual abuse, environmental destruction, and the
meaning of home. . . . Clare gives us a vision of a broad-based
and intersectional politics that can move us beyond the current
divisions of single-issue movements.”
Rachel Rosenbloom, The Women’s Review of Books
“Eli’s work detonates inside of you, right to the edges of where
you balance.”
Amber L. Hollibaugh, author of My Dangerous Desires:
A Queer Girl Dreaming Her Way Home
“The books that move us most are the ones that help us make
sense of our experience, that take pieces of what we already
know and put it together with new insights, new analysis,
enabling us to form a fresh vision of ourselves and our lives.
For me, Audre Lorde’s Sister Outsider and Adrienne Rich’s
On Lies, Secrets and Silence were such books, and there were
significant others along the way. And now there’s Eli Clare’s
Exile and Pride.”
Suzanne Pharr, author of Homophobia: A Weapon of Sexism
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