Longlist, National Book Awards 2023 for Fiction

ISBN 9781324051220
W. W. Norton & Company
author photo of Eliot Duncan. (Photo credit: Lucien Phoenix)
Eliot Duncan 

Eliot Duncan is a US-born writer and artist. He is the co-founder of the international queer collective Slanted House and a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop. More about this author >

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An evocative debut novel of trans-masculinity, addiction, and the pain and joy of becoming.

Ponyboy unravels in his Paris apartment. Cut to the bar. Cut to the back room. Ponyboy is strung out and struggling. He is falling into the widening chasm between who he is—trans, electrically so—and the blank canvas his girlfriend, Baby, wants him to be.

Cut to Berlin. Ponyboy sinks deeper into drugs and falls for Gabriel, all the while pursued by a photographer hungry for the next hot thing. As his relationships crumble, he overdoses.

Cut to open sky. In a rehab back home in Iowa, Ponyboy is his mother’s son. In precise, atmospheric prose, Eliot Duncan’s debut novel lays bare the innate splendor, joy, and ache of becoming one’s self.