On ‘A + E’ by Ryszard Merey

Book #6 in my Trans Rights Readathon week

Tucker Lieberman
4 min readMar 26, 2023

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illustration of two faces pressed together, one with eye open, the other with eye shut, by Ryszard Merey
A + E cover from tRaum Books

When a delicate, long-haired, deep-voiced gay boy, Asher Machnik, shows up at a new high school, bullies declare they’re uncertain of his gender and beat him up in the boy’s bathroom. Ash takes the janitor’s advice and gets a shorter haircut, but insofar as the bullies have already noticed him and might perceive him as having caved to their power…

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Tucker Lieberman

Editor for Prism & Pen. Author of the novel "Most Famous Short Film of All Time." https://tuckerlieberman.com/