Shelf Awareness names SINCE I LAID MY BURDEN DOWN in top 2017 fiction list!

 

Shelf Awareness lists SINCE I LAID MY BURDEN DOWN as top fiction in 2017

From Shelf Awareness:

You'd think it would be difficult to narrow down the year's best books. And it was. We promise, though, that no Shelf Awareness staffers were injured in the making of this list, so enjoy! (Scroll down to see our reviews)

Fiction
A Horse Walks into a Bar by David Grossman (Knopf)
Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal (Morrow)
Exit West by Mohsin Ahmed (Riverhead)
Nine Folds Make a Paper Swan by Ruth Gilligan (Tin House)
Since I Laid My Burden Down by Brontez Purnell (Amethyst Editions/Feminist Press)
So Much Blue by Percivel Everett (Graywolf Press)
Sour Heart by Jenny Zhang (Lenny/Random House)
South Pole Station by Ashley Shelby (Picador)
Stay with Me by Ayobami Adebayo (Knopf)
The Bear & the Nightingale by Katherine Arden (Del Rey)
The Girl in Green by Derek B. Miller (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
The Marsh King's Daughter by Karen Dionne (Putnam)
The Year of the Comet by Sergel Levedev (New Vessel Press)
What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky by Lesley Nnneka Arimah (Riverhead)
White Tears by Hari Kunzru (Knopf)

For the full list, click here.

(Photo via Brontez Purnell Dance Company)

Since I Laid My Burden Down
14.36 17.95

Brontez Purnell
An uninhibited exploration of growing up gay in 1980s Alabama.

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SINCE I LAID MY BURDEN DOWN is a remarkable work of fiction, an invaluable addition to queer literature. Though wounded—and reckless at times—DeShawn remains tenacious, proving that strength lies in how one chooses to live, as well as why one chooses to stay alive.
— Dave Wheeler, Shelf Awareness
 
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