Winner of 2017 pen center usa award for fiction

Now available in hardcover. Coming in paperback 2018. 

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Black Sheep Boy

BY Martin Pousson

Meet a wild-hearted boy from the bayou land of Louisiana. Misfit, outcast, loner. Call him anything but a victim. Sissy, fairy, Jenny Woman. Son of a mixed-race Holy Ghost mother and a Cajun French phantom father. In a series of tender and tough stories, he encounters gender outlaws, drag queen renegades, and a rogues gallery of sex-starved priests, perverted teachers, and murderous bar owners. To escape his haunted history, the wild-hearted boy must shed his old skin and make a new self. As he does, his story rises from dark and murk, from moss and mud, to reach a new light and a new brand of fairy tale. Cajun legends, queer fantasies, and universal myths converge into a powerful work of counter-realism. Black Sheep Boy is a song of passion and a novel of defiance.

Rare Bird Books, A Barnacle Book
Hardcover, 2016: 978-1-942600-37-4
US $22.00 | Fiction
Also available in ebook formats

What I loved: the beautiful prose, the Louisiana setting, and a story that wasn’t a romance... the almost tall tale quality to it all and the rich history and cultural flavor.
A.M. Leibowitz, Inked Rainbow Reads
Beautifully impressionistic, and also raw, open and vulnerable. Pousson’s bayou is such a frightening and vibrant place, generous and punishing, and the narrator’s perspective pulls us in, and brings the reader close.
Aimee Bender, author of The Color Master and The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake

Martin Pousson was born and raised in the bayou land of Louisiana. His short stories won a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and have appeared in The Antioch Review, The Epoch, FivePoints, StoryQuarterly, TriQuarterly, and elsewhere. He was also a finalist for the John Gardner Fiction Book Award, the Glimmer Train Very Short Fiction Award, and the Lambda Literary Award. He now lives in Los Angeles.

Pick up and read this fucking book. It’s intensely wild.
Jake Shears, Scissor Sisters
Electrical, convulsive, hallucinatory, elemental... A book to give you fevers, chills, and visions.
Ben Loory, author of Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day
If you like coming of age stories about freaky and fabulous southern sissies (and who doesn’t?) Black Sheep Boy is a must read. Set in the bayou land of Louisiana, this fabulist tale kept me entranced. Queer lit at its finest!
Justin Vivian Bond, author of Tango: My Childhood, Backwards and in High Heels
The writing style is deeply visceral... embodies the spirit of Whitman’s ‘I am large and I contain multitudes.’ Pousson does a fantastic job using language to set the stage for... the stunningly rich backdrop of the Louisiana bayou starring a hodge podge cast of characters that mirror the kaleidoscope of individuals that might crop up in anyone’s life.
Camille, Joyfully Jay