Finding Nevo discussion post: tell your story
Alrighty, who is ready for some lit chats?
Everyone got their copy of Finding Nevo? How are you travelling with it – have you ripped through it or are you taking your time, savoring every page?
I read the whole book in only a couple of sittings, I found the flow of the prose—combined with stark but beautifully framed epiphanies about gender, sexuality and identity—really pulled me in and wouldn’t let go.
At the moment, there is a huge (and long overdue) push for better representation of marginalized communities in literature, and the popularity of memoir and the rise of the #ownvoices movement is a big part of that push. Finding Nevo is a good example of an #ownvoices story but as Nevo writes:
“there is no single trans narrative. This is my experience and my experience alone.” (p.75)
What do you think is the significance of this statement? Why do you think they have included it in the book?
Why do you think memoir is so prominent and popular in the current literary landscape? Do you enjoy reading memoir? Why/why not?