Small Beauty

Small Beauty


Small Beauty by Jia Qing Wilson-Yang
Paperback, 2016

Small Beauty is about Mei, a mixed race trans woman, who lives in the city but finds out her close cousin has died and goes to live in his now empty house in a smaller town. She spends the winter there, connecting with her cousin’s history as well as her own, learning about her aunt’s long-term secret relationship, and reflecting on trans women in her life. She also brushes up against some local trans mysteries.

wilson-yang was determined to “write out and really look at different ways people talk about being part of a Chinese diaspora. And how that can intersect with being a trans person.” Small Beauty explores having ancestors nearby and the dead not not being too far away.

When asked about Small Beauty’s audience, wilson-yang responded decisively:

“I hope this is a book where other trans women see themselves reflected. I want it to reach those in small communities who haven’t thought about the trans people in their town. I’d like it to reach folks like my parents, and kids in school. I hope it goes everywhere.”