Burning Butch

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Mertz., & Mertz|AUTHOR. (2022). Burning Butch . The Unnamed Press.

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It's in homeschooling that Mertz learns what good, Catholic values are: anti-feminist, pro-life, anti-queer, pro-Jesus. The more babies, the better, so as to prove a stronger devotion to God. In an attempt to get away from their father, to interrogate their faith, and to repress the growing feelings Mertz has about a woman in their community, Mertz chooses the Franciscan University of Steubenville, a conservative Catholic school in Ohio.
As Mertz comes of age at an oppressive, gender-dependent Catholic school in the early aughts, they grapple with attractions, sexual encounters, and relationships with friends and teachers — men and women whom they trust and admire, who romantically engage with them while in the same breath renounce the sacrilege of Mertz's identity.

Ever the outcast during their college years despite their affinity and aptitude for poetry, Mertz is forced to face their sexuality and what it might mean within the confines of their strict faith. As Mertz struggles to navigate this repressive environment, and questions what role they could play in this community, the vulnerable identity they create begins to threaten the life they know in potentially irreversible ways.

Burning Butch is the courageous story of a trans and nonbinary butch "girl" on a quest to survive conservative, religious, American culture while questioning if there is room in their heart for the traditional faith they were raised with, and what it means to come home again.
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