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Dykette

(2023)
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Named one of the Best LGBTQ+ Books of 2023 by VogueNamed a Best Book of 2023 (So Far) by CosmopolitanNamed a Best Book of Spring 2023 by EsquireNamed a Most Anticipated LGBTQ+ Book of 2023 by Buzzfeed,Electric Lit, and Them

An addictive, absurd, and darkly hilarious debut novel about a young woman who embarks on a ten-day getaway with her partner and two other queer couples


Sasha and Jesse are professionally creative, erotically adventurous, and passionately dysfunctional twentysomethings making a life together in Brooklyn. When a pair of older, richer lesbians—prominent news host Jules Todd and her psychotherapist partner, Miranda—invites Sasha and Jesse to their country home for the holidays, they’re quick to accept. Even if the trip includes a third couple—Jesse’s best friend, Lou, and their cool-girl flame, Darcy—whose It-queer clout Sasha ridicules yet desperately wants.

As the late December afternoons blur together in a haze of debaucherous homecooked feasts and sweaty sauna confessions, so too do the guests’ secret and shifting motivations. When Jesse and Darcy collaborate an ill-fated livestream performance, a complex web of infatuation and jealousy emerges, sending Sasha down a spiral of destructive rage that threatens each couple’s future.

Unfolding over ten heady days,
Dykette is an unforgettable love story at the crossroads of queer nonconformity and seductive normativity. With propulsive plotting and sexy, wickedly entertaining prose, Jenny Fran Davis captures the vagaries of desire and the many devastating places in which we seek recognition.



Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"Dykette is an invigorating and hilarious examination of queer identity and intimacy. It's a novel about being trapped--trapped inside your own head, trapped inside relationships, and trapped inside a chilly upstate New York vacation home. The only thing more horrifying than perceiving one's self is being perceived by others, and Jenny Fran Davis explores both actions with an audacious and tender wit." - Bobby Finger

"Dykette stared directly into my soul, pinned me against a wall, and made me look inward, consider the sharp and ugly parts of myself. A novel that can accomplish that complexity while also being wickedly funny, achingly sensitive, readable as hell--simply put, Jenny Fran Davis is a talent." - Jean Kyoung Frazier

"Dykette is hilarious, smart, and has (in my humble opinion) the best opening scene of any novel I've read in ages. I don't think I'll ever look at the Grinch--or bathtubs--in the same way again." - Grant Ginder

"Dykette turned me on and freaked me out in the best possible way! Imagine if Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? were recast with two generations of very-online queer folks. Tense, smart, and thrilling . . . with a charismatic pug named Vivienne to boot." - C J Hauser

"Like a tightly rolled spliff passed around the room, you will inhale Dykette. This sexy, at times silly, and wonderfully searing romp through our masquerades of identity, love, art, entertaining, and social maneuvering is a deeply observed novel of manners for today. Davis's characters slink off the page, bewitching, seducing, snuggling up in your lap to whisper stories of our tender, bungled humanity." - Samantha Hunt

"Jenny Fran Davis is a real troublemaker, and Dykette is my favorite kind of trouble--sexy, messy, full of gossip and glitter, and cunning, and thus of course profoundly revealing about our strange times. Text me when you finish!" - Andrea Lawlor

"A bold and refreshingly zany novel of gay millennial life in New York, Dykette is sharp and unsparing as a play piercing needle. Bound to set countless group chats afire, this book signals Jenny Fran Davis as a writer to watch." - Sarah Thankam Mathews

"A blast of defiant frivolity, Dykette is so perceptive it hurts and as fun and decadent as wearing Gaultier in a bubble bath." - Beth Morgan


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