None of us can separate where we’ve been from where we’re going. We are people shaped by experience, family, and the land that holds us. With her debut essay collection, Tomboyland, Melissa Faliveno enters the eye of the storm we call life, language, and coming of age.
In Tomboyland, we ride shotgun through tornado season, fast-pitch softball, young love, BDSM potlucks, and gun country, all while never taking our eyes off the beauty of the Wisconsin landscape and the strong women who, spanning generations, give the land its flavor.
An examination of class, queerness, and a body that refuses to conform, these essays offer both an elegy and a love song for the people who shape us—family, friends, mentors, our former selves, all of those whom we carry with us on our journey to becoming.
Tomboyland perfectly captures what it means to inhabit a land as vast, beautiful, and universal as the questions we all live with—and that resonated with me in particular as a queer woman who also spent a portion of my childhood in the Midwest. A book for all seasons and all people, regardless of region, gender, or whom we love.
— Hafizah Geter, Editor