Adam is a humorous approach to LGBTQ issues from the perspective of a Holden-esque straight kid, spending the summer with his lesbian sister in New York City. Schrag has young Adam, an affluent 17 year old from Berkeley, attempt to impersonate an FtoM trans person in order to win the affection of an older woman he meets at a party. Where the story could be cutesy and offensive, Schrag instead creates opportunity for Adam to learn about constructing identity, dynamics of power, and ultimately, how words and actions can have direct consequences.
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Set in 2006, Adam is a coming-of-age comedy that tells the story of an awkward teenager who goes to spend his final summer of high school with his older sister, who is very much a part of Brooklyn's young and diverse lesbian, queer and transgender scene. Over the summer, Adam, and all those around him, will experience love and friendship, learning the hard truths that those relationships often bring.
Ariel Schrag's scathingly funny and poignant debut novel puts a fresh spin on questions of love, attraction, self-definition, and what it takes to be at home in your own skin.
About the Author
Ariel Schrag grew up in Berkeley, California. She is the author of the graphic memoirs Awkward, Definition, Potential, and Likewise, and has written for the television shows How to Make it in America and The L Word. She lives in Brooklyn.