Queer Writing on Surviving

Dangerous Families goes beyond the recovery narrative to create a new queer literature of investigation, exploration and transformation. This book explores how abuse turns queer survivors--of all genders--into healers, heartbreakers and homicidal maniacs. Dangerous Families presents brilliant stories that sear and soar.

"Dangerous Families is by turns brutal, raw, cathartic and redemptive."
–San Francisco Chronicle

"Writing as therapy, as art, as rebellion, the anthology's contributors wring the heartbreak out of growing up queer or other in families that only made things worse, where nurturing was at a minimum and self-reliance/survival and ultimate escape and separation were paramount."
–Bay Area Reporter

"A gritty, provocative anthology that breaks all the rules about political correctness, gender and sex. With this diverse and graphic collection of stories, the editor has brought us into the next generation..."
–Laura Davis, co-author of The Courage to Heal and author of I Thought We'd Never Speak Again

"This collection skips the easy platitudes and grants space to some of the many ways people structure their lives in the wake of abuse."
–Kirk Read, author of How I Learned to Snap

"These stories are brave truth-telling...These writers show us a multitude of complex routes to healing, and I admire their fierce fight to claim their own lives."
–Ellen Bass, co-author of The Courage to Heal and Free Your Mind: The Book for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual Youth and Their Allies

"The words explode off the page with righteous anger, gentle sadness and brutal honesty. Each selection is vibrant and tough with a delicacy of compassion."
–Emanuel Xavier, author of Christlike and Americano