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Bad Habit

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‘I urge you to read Bad Habit' PEDRO ALMODÓVAR

‘An engulfing novel’ AVNI DOSHI

‘Believe the hype!' OKECHUKWU NZELU

‘The book that everyone is reading’NEW YORK TIMES

Beautifully written and told in an irresistible voice, Bad Habit is a powerfully moving coming-of-age novel following a young trans woman in 1980s Madrid.

An unnamed young trans woman grows up in a working-class suburb that has no place for her. She discovers community and kinship in downtown Madrid, amid a dazzling party scene animated by charming junkies, glamorous pop divas, and fallen angels. With each step she takes forward in the city, she finds herself confronted by an antagonism she does not yet know how to counter. In this thrilling and yet often frightening place each decision can have the highest of stakes and yet she knows that only she can forge a path forward to the life she truly wants to live.

Beautiful and deeply moving, Bad Habit by Alana S Portero is translated by Mara Faye Lethem, and deftly illuminates the search for identity and the power of chosen family. Bad Habit is an unforgettable story of self-realisation that speaks to the outsider in all of us.

‘A revelation … made me weep more than once’ SABA SAMS

‘Infused with camp humour, pathos and the spirit of resilience’ AMELIA ABRAHAMS

'Painful yet unquestionably hopeful' NICOLA DINAN

‘Portero’s elegant storytelling catches a celestial light’ ELOGHOSA OSUNDE

‘Leaves you stunned’ TRAVIS ALABANZA

‘Obliges the reader to hold back (or unleash) their feelings chapter after chapter’VOGUE SPAIN

‘The most talked-about debut of the year’TIME OUT SPAIN

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"Brutal, tender, and vulnerable - Portero has written a masterpiece, an ode, a life-giving story of trans affirmation." - Marisa Crane

"Vivid, compassionate and compulsive." - Rachel Dawson

"Portero.s prose is so commanding - she's drawn a painful yet unquestionably hopeful novel." - Nicola Dinan

"Bad Habit is an engulfing novel. Portero had me captivated with her visceral prose." - Avni Doshi

"Beautifully-written, heartbreaking and sometimes comedic." - Tawseef Khan

"Such a beautiful novel... about the journey we take to become who we truly are." - Elena Medel

"Incredibly moving, completely absorbing - This is an unforgettable story, told with frankness and vulnerability. Believe the hype!" - Okechukwu Nzelu

"Portero's elegant storytelling catches a celestial light, illuminating the body in ways beyond language." - Eloghosa Osunde

"Bad Habit is a ballad, a quest, a revelation. It made me weep more than once." - Saba Sams

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