Little fish

295 pages

English language

Published Oct. 29, 2018

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5 stars (6 reviews)

Wendy Reimer is a thirty-year-old trans woman in Winnipeg who comes across evidence that her late grandfather, a devout Mennonite farmer, might have been transgender as well. At first she dismisses the revelation, but as she and her friends struggle to cope with the challenges of their increasingly volatile lives Wendy is drawn to the lost pieces of her grandfather's past.

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Review of 'Little fish' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

3.5 stars that I rounded up. Overall a pretty good read. There were some really poignant moments, and I was drawn to keep reading.

I enjoyed the friendships between the women a lot, and the situation around Sophie was moving. I wished that we got more of a build up with Sophie. I’d love to have seen Wendy and Sophie’s friendship grow as we’re /told/ it has.

I also enjoyed the portrayal of Wendy’s dad and Anna. Both characters that are complicated to show as multi-dimensional people, but Plett did such an excellent job. Especially with Anna, who could have been a religious villain. She has offensive views in combination with kindness, and Plett handles that so well. It shows that she grew up in a Mennonite community and knows people like this.

One of my main complaints is related the audiobook experience. I don’t know if this book had …

Review of 'Little fish' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

Oh, wow, this was such a pleasure. It was recommended to me and i added it my lists before realising Casey Plett also wrote A Safe Girl To Love, which I enjoyed a whole lot, so that was a nice surprise! Little Fish runs along similar themes with a similar style, and I really enjoyed it. The full length story fleshes things out in a really nice way after reading the short story collection, and damn, I'm just hit again by what a fantastic, unique experience reading works by trans women authors is. So many bits hit me right in the gut, in the best, most emotional way possible.

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  • Transgender people
  • Identity
  • Fiction


  • Winnipeg (Man.)