Ithaca, NY: Firebrand Books, 1998. 1st Edition. Octavo, publisher’s stiff illustrated paper wraps.
"The only magic we have is what we make of ourselves, the muscles we build up on the inside, the sense of belief we create from nothing" (from "The Muscles of the Mind"). First edition of lesbian feminist writer Dorothy Allison’s debut short story collection. A self-described "working class storyteller," Allison is best known for her fiction candidly engaging with queer survival and the enduring effects of poverty, bigotry, domestic violence, and sexual abuse. The blueprint for her critically acclaimed novel Bastard Out of Carolina (1992), the collection comprises fifteen stories based on her personal experiences growing up as "white trash" in South Carolina during the 1950s. In 1989, Trash won the Lambda Literary Award for "Best Lesbian Small Press Book" and the Lambda Literary Award "Best Lesbian Fiction." Published by lesbian feminist press Firebrand Books in 1988, the landmark collection was picked up and reissued by Penguin in 1990. Trace of sticker residue to rear wrap. Near fine. Item #6741