Man o' War (Hardcover)

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Man o' War (Hardcover)

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An achingly honest and frequently hilarious coming-of-age novel about an Arab American trans swimmer fighting to keep their head above water in a landlocked Midwestern town.

River McIntyre has grown up down the street from Sea Planet, an infamous marine life theme park slowly going out of business in small-town Ohio. When a chance encounter with a happy, healthy queer person on the annual field trip lands River literally in the shark tank, they must admit the truth: they don’t know who they are—only what they’ve been told to be. This sets off a wrenching journey of self-discovery, from internalized homophobia and gender dysphoria, through layers of coming out, affirmation surgery, and true freakin’ love.
 
“River is the most emotionally engaging character I've read in a long time, and this novel is a deep and comprehensive exploration of the journey transgender people trek through the confining world they're born into. Eye-opening, heartfelt, and real—with a massive payoff of true love.” —A.S. King, author of Dig, winner of the Michael L. Printz Award


 
Cory McCarthy is the author of numerous books for young readers. They live with their family in Vermont, where they teach writing at Vermont College of Fine Arts.
Product Details ISBN: 9780593353707
ISBN-10: 0593353706
Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: May 31st, 2022
Pages: 336
Language: English
★ "A beautiful and relentless current of emotion."—Kirkus, starred review

★ "A thoughtful, nuanced exploration of what it’s like to feel trapped—and how to make it out."—Publishers Weekly, starred review

★ "McCarthy engages with every aspect of River’s life to create an extraordinary story with incredible depth.... [F]erociously resists the idea that coming out is a simple or straightforward process."—BookPage, starred review 

"There are parts of River's journey that make you ache to read, but there is so much joy in the healing! This is a really authentic tale about the journey to queer joy and all the bumps and obstacles along the way."—New York Times bestselling author Aiden Thomas for Entertainment Weekly

"Cory McCarthy has written a triumphant trans coming of age novel with depth, nuance, heart and humor."—Ms. Magazine

"McCarthy deftly presents the humor and heartbreak of River’s journey, avoiding easyanswers and embracing nuance. Readers will root for River through the pain, anger, and swimmeets and be rewarded with a love story destined to make a splash."—Booklist

“River is the most emotionally engaging character I've read in a long time, and this novel is a deep and comprehensive exploration of the journey transgender people trek through the confining world they're born into. Eye-opening, heartfelt, and real—with a massive payoff of true love.” —A.S. King, author of Dig, winner of the Michael L. Printz Award

"With a voice like a tidal wave, Cory McCarthy crafts a story about the messy, beautiful work of discovering—and rediscovering—the parts of yourself that are most difficult and rewarding to love."—Adib Khorram, award-winning author of Darius the Great Is Not Okay

"This is a book that will pull you through the cold honest water of the closet with laughter and love. McCarthy assembles pain, realization, romance, and joy into a living thing—a man-of-war everyone will be able to see themselves in. Man O' War is the pressure of a deep dive, and then coming up for air. Astoundingly honest and compelling."—Lev Rosen, acclaimed author of Camp

"Man o' War is epic in every sense—in its journey, its love story, its wholehearted embrace of self. I couldn’t put it down."—Elana K. Arnold, National Book Award finalist and Michael L. Printz honoree

“Man o’ War is a love story that takes you to the deep end and back again. When you and River emerge from its depths, you'll be breathless and shining with love. It’s funny, painful, sad, and deliriously sweet—a beacon for everyone who’s ever felt submerged by the expectations of others.”—Martha Brockenbrough, author of Into the Bloodred Woods

"Layered, honest, funny and heartbreaking, McCarthy has written a story so unflinchingly honest and pure it will stay with you for years to come."—Sara Farizan, award-winning author of If You Could Be Mine