Under the Rainbow: A Novel (Hardcover)

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About the Author


Celia Laskey's work has appeared in Guernica, The Minnesota Review, and other places. She has an MFA from the University of New Mexico and was a finalist in Glimmer Train's Short Story Award for New Writers. She lives with her wife in Los Angeles, where she writes for ad agencies.

Praise For…


“Laskey composes elegant portraits of each character, drawing us into intimate worlds that pulse with light and sound…these individuals will come together in ways that leave them forever altered; a few will even grow to recognize the humanity in people they’ve long reviled. In Laskey’s artful hands this moral is delivered with such conviction and grace that it somehow feels fresh, and thus, essential.” —The New York Times Book Review

“Prismatic. . .intimate and pscychologically keen. . .Laskey's vision of inclusion is all-encompassing.” —Los Angeles Times

“Under the Rainbow will ring true for a wide audience, regardless of gender expression and sexuality, for its wry humor and universal truths.” —Lambda Literary

“Celia Laskey's Under the Rainbow is a timely look into what it means to be queer in spaces that aggressively refuse you. Smart and compulsively readable, Laskey has woven together narratives that seek to embrace each other through the hurt. There is love and loss alike sandwiched in its pages; pain and pleasure. Laskey is a talented, sharp writer and her debut novel has its fingers on the pulse of the human condition.” —Kristen Arnett, author of The New York Times-bestseller Mostly Dead Things
 
“Celia Laskey has written an excellent, big-hearted, and very funny novel about our contemporary divisions and grievances.  Under the Rainbow is wonderfully current, yet it refuses to sacrifice love or empathy to politics, it refuses despair and destruction. Those of us who moved away from the rural places where we were born will recognize every one of her remarkable characters, and find in their braided stories incredible pathos and joy.” —Shannon Pufahl, author of On Swift Horses
 
Under the Rainbow marks the arrival of a wildly talented, observant, political, feminist writer to the literary ranks. Celia Laskey is a true original, and she’s here to stay.” —Emily Rapp Black, author of The New York Times-bestseller The Still Point of the Turning World
 
“I absolutely love this book. With wit and empathy, Celia Laskey has written a kaleidoscopic portrait of queer, rural life at a crossroads. . .The result is a novel that made my heart feel full.” —Joseph Cassara, author of The House of Impossible Beauties
 
The best sort of novel, one that leaves you sad it’s over but already looking forward to the author’s next.”Lori Ostlund, author of After the Parade

“Laskey inhabits each of these characters with skill and grace in a tour de force of first-person narration...Energetic and compelling, a promising first book from a writer to watch.” —Kirkus Reviews
Product Details
ISBN: 9780525536161
ISBN-10: 0525536167
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Publication Date: March 3rd, 2020
Pages: 288