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W.W. Norton/Liveright, May 2020

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“Boys of Alabama is full of magic surprise. A gripping, uncanny and queer exploration of being a boy in America, told with detail that dazzles and disturbs. I really love this book.”
—Michelle Tea, author of Against Memoir

“Boys of Alabama brilliantly reinvents the Southern Gothic…. An absolutely magical novel.”
—Leni Zumas, author of Red Clocks

“Genevieve Hudson has conjured a novel that sets place as a touchstone. Every field is alive: every leaf, every insect, every crawling thing. Hands beget love, words set like sweetness on the tongue. Hudson is a tremendous writer and she is on the rise.” —Kristen Arnett, author of Mostly Dead Things

“This novel is a love song to outsiders of all kinds, a queer love story about the ways we find to heal ourselves and each other, and proof that there can be magic amid the burdens of masculinity. Hudson’s prose is perfect and I will remember her Boys of Alabama for a long, long time.”
—Melissa Febos, author of Whip Smart and Abandon Me

” Genevieve Hudson mixes magic and faith, small-town politics and high-school mayhem, to depict a brand of Southern-fried masculinity that is immediately recognizable and startlingly fresh. An exquisite book. ” —Nick White, author of Sweet & Low

“Hudson is a stunning talent, and this novel is a spellbinding exploration of what it means to be a stranger in a strange place.” —Kimberly King Parsons, author of Black Light

“Genevieve Hudson creates a new American erotics of longing and belonging, flush with want and desire, hope and home, translation and transformation. A fantastic debut by one of my favorite new writers.” —Matt Bell, author of Scrapper

“Hudson goes right to a place where violence comes from–uncomfortably close to desire for magic, God, sex, whatever might actually heal us–and doesn’t turn away. A gorgeous, smart debut from an uncannily talented writer.”
—Kristin Dombek, author of The Selfishness of Others

“Genevieve Hudson has a singular eye for the intricacies of human desire, turning small town heroes into something altogether softer, more delicate. Boys of Alabama reminds us that behind so many of America’s most rigid beliefs lies the lonely human heart: twitchy, slippery, alive.”
—Mikkel Rosengaard, author of The Invention of Ana

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Future Tense Books, 2018


“A terrific collection of stories. There are echoes here of Flannery O’Connor, Barry Hannah, and Denis Johnson, but Genevieve Hudson is her own writer—impressively and gloriously so. Her eye for the clinching detail is unnerving and her sympathies are fascinatingly conflicted. I hope, and suspect, this book will be the start of a long and inspiring career.” —Tom Bissell, author of The Disaster Artist and Magic Hours

“Jagged, queer, and nervy, these stories beat with an urgent, potent pulse. They’re often funny, sometimes wrenching, and never predictable. A bold and bracing debut.” —Chelsey Johnson, author of Stray City

“Full of blood and dust and stars and light, Hudson captures the beauty and horror of the everyday and makes it all seem like magic.” —Leah Dieterich, author of Vanishing Twins: A Marriage

“In Pretend We Live Here, characters bleed and breathe with a caustic energy that dares the reader to keep pace as they are taken from the Deep South to Western Europe and back again. Her writing is impossible to forget.” —Jing-Jing Lee, author of How We Disappeared

“Poetic, twisted, wild, and tender, Genevieve Hudson writes with what some call a burning tongue. On every page, her agile, clashing lines throw off sparks of youth and queer desire. Check this out. Here is a writer at the beginning of something truly great.” —Jon Raymond, author of Freebird


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Fiction Advocate, 2018


A Little in Love with Everyone is a precise and passionate account of finding one’s (queer) self in literature. Hudson captures the fears, thrills, shames, and sustaining delusions that constitute queer young-adulthood.” —Sara Jaffe, author of Dryland

“‘Sooner or later, we start searching for our histories,’ Genevieve Hudson writes in A Little in Love with Everyone. Hudson’s debut exploration of queerness, art, preservation, and the narrative threads of survival is a heroic feat. A meditation as inviting as it is illuminating on the visibility and invisibility of desire, A Little in Love with Everyone will give you the feeling of being let in on the best-kept secret of all. Required reading.” —T Kira Madden, author of Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls

“This is the queer commentary book I needed as a teenager, and in my twenties, and today. Genevieve Hudson is a bold and intelligent new voice.” —Chloe Caldwell, author of Women I’ll Tell You in Person

“Genevieve Hudson crafts a diverse celebration of queer history in a playfully personal yet astute book, a hybrid of analysis and confession and love letter. I can’t think of a better way to honor Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home or acknowledge the importance of queer mentors than Hudson’s A Little in Love with Everyone.” —Tomas Moniz, editor of Rad Dad & Rad Families