‘Body Grammar’: Jules Ohman imagines joyous, queer futures
This week on The Write Question, Lauren speaks with Jules Ohman about her debut novel, Body Grammar (Vintage Books). Body Grammar tells the story of Lou, a young photographer who, after a tragic hiking accident, finds herself in front of the camera, distracted by the dizzying world of international modeling. As Lou navigates high fashion with endearing naïveté and a physical awkwardness that may make readers cringe, she also stumbles into love. This is a coming-of-age story, of a queer identity a young girl becomes desperate to claim.
Jules Ohman received an MFA from the University of Montana and co-founded the Missoula, Montana, nonprofit Free Verse. She coordinates Literary Arts’ Writers in the Schools program and lives in Portland, Oregon, with her wife.
Jules Ohman recommends:
Black Light by Kimberly King Parsons (Vintage Books)
Funeral for Flaca by Emily Prado (Future Tense Books)
Less by Andrew Sean Greer (Back Bay Books)
Lauren Korn recommends:
Aviary by Deirdre McNamer (Milkweed Editions)
Vantage by Taneum Bambrick (American Poetry Review, Copper Canyon Press)
All This Could Be Different by Sarah Thankam Mathews (Viking Books)
Heartstopper, a Netflix series
The team for this episode of The Write Question included Lauren Korn, host and co-producer; and Chris Moyles, co-producer, editor, and sound engineer.
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