Fiction. LGBTQIA Studies. Short Stories. Finalist for the 2020 Lambda Literary Awards, Bisexual Fiction Category. Two sex addicts meet and fall in love. A woman catches her husband cheating on her with their dog and escapes to her sister's horse farm. Four friends—fellow pervs—grow up and drift apart, pining for each other in silence until one of them is murdered. In Jess Taylor's sophomore story collection, contemporary views of female sexuality are subverted, and women are given agency over their desires and bodies. Through these characters, sex is revealed to be many things at once: gross, shameful, exhilarating, hidden or open—and always complicated. Reminiscent of the works of Maggie Nelson, Mary Gaitskill and Chris Kraus, the stories in JUST PERVS explore the strange oppression and illumination created by desire, the bewilderment of adolescence, and the barriers to intimacy both discovered within and imposed upon ourselves.
"The characters in JUST PERVS, through their puppet-master, Taylor, unflinchingly share pretty much anything with us, eroding the idea that any of the stuff being shared should be taboo or hidden away."—Marta Balcewicz, Shameless
"Elegantly written and cleverly executed, all aimed at capturing the human condition and the often surprising content of our secret lives."—Sarah Murdoch, The Toronto Star
"JUST PERVS imagines a world in which women's sexual desire isn't disgraceful; it's communicated, expressed, fulfilled, and accepted."—Jessica Rose, rabble.ca
"Taylor's prose is beautiful and cutting...These stories are cruel and unflinching about everything: characters, events, even the recurring Toronto scenery. Taylor touches on some really lucid relationship dynamics—particularly the grittier, more regrettable short-term kind."—Jackie Mlotek, Quill and Quire
"Jess Taylor's stories are a lot of fun, but more importantly they push up against misconceptions about what it means to be a sexual woman."—Fawn Parker, 49th Shelf
Marta Balcewicz @ ShamelessSanchari Sur @ The PuritanJessica Rose @ rabble.caSarah Murdoch @ The Toronto StarJackie Mlotek @ Quill and QuireFawn Parker @ 49th ShelfRachel @ Autostraddle
Jess Taylor is a Toronto writer and poet. She founded The Emerging Writers Reading Series in 2012. PAULS, her first collection of stories, was published by Book*hug Press in 2015. The title story from the collection, "Paul," received the 2013 Gold Fiction National Magazine Award. Jess is currently at work on a novel and continuation of her life poem, "Never Stop." She lives in Toronto.Author City: TORONTO, ON CAN