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The house of impossible beauties / Joseph Cassara.

By: Cassara, Joseph [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookDescription: 400 pages ; 25 cm.ISBN: 9781786073150; 9781786073143.Subject(s): Gay youth -- Fiction | Transgender people -- Fiction | Nineteen eighties -- Fiction | Nineteen nineties -- Fiction | Hispanic Americans -- Fiction | Harlem (New York, N.Y.) -- FictionGenre/Form: Historical fiction.DDC classification: 813/.6 Summary: 1980, New York City. Burned by her traumatic past, Angel is new to the drag world, new to ball culture, and has a yearning inside of her to help create family for those without. When she falls in love with Hector, a beautiful young man who dreams of becoming a professional dancer, the two decide to form the House of Xtravaganza, the first-ever all-Latino house in the Harlem ball circuit. But when Hector dies of AIDS-related complications, Angel must tend to their house alone. She recruits Venus, a whip-fast trans girl who dreams of finding a rich man to take care of her; Juanito, a quiet boy who loves fabrics and design; and Daniel, a butch queen who accidentally saves Venus's life. The Xtravaganzas lean on each other as bulwarks against a world that resists them.
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Inspired by the real House of Xtravaganza in the seminal documentary Paris is Burning, and set in New York City from the late 70s-early 90s against the backdrop of the impending AIDS crisis, The House of Impossible Beauties follows a cast of gay and transgender club kids navigating the Harlem ball scene and the Christopher Street Piers as they flee their traumatic pasts and band together to form the city 's first all-Latino House. Told in a voice that brims with wit, rage, tenderness and fierce yearning, The House of Impossible Beauties is a tragic story of love, family and the resilience of the human spirit.

1980, New York City. Burned by her traumatic past, Angel is new to the drag world, new to ball culture, and has a yearning inside of her to help create family for those without. When she falls in love with Hector, a beautiful young man who dreams of becoming a professional dancer, the two decide to form the House of Xtravaganza, the first-ever all-Latino house in the Harlem ball circuit. But when Hector dies of AIDS-related complications, Angel must tend to their house alone. She recruits Venus, a whip-fast trans girl who dreams of finding a rich man to take care of her; Juanito, a quiet boy who loves fabrics and design; and Daniel, a butch queen who accidentally saves Venus's life. The Xtravaganzas lean on each other as bulwarks against a world that resists them.

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Emulating the larger-than-life characters in Cassara's debut novel, narrator Christian Barillas's gender-defying performance vacillates smoothly from sass to introspection, rage to desperation, elation to detachment. During the 1980s New York City ball scene, the House of Xtravaganza was the first Latinx house, later made famous by the award-winning 1990 documentary Paris Is Burning. Too young to have witnessed the extravagance firsthand, -Cassara adapts, transforms, and honors real-life House founders Angie and Hector Xtravaganza and their chosen family, as he creates loosely historical fiction richly embellished with invented backstories and imagined intimacies. Here Angie becomes Angel, a Puerto Rican transgender teen who falls in love with dancer Hector, loses him to AIDS, and fulfills their dream of establishing a safe home for a family of her own. Her vibrant, vulnerable sidekick Venus still longs for her white-picket-fenced dream house, risking her hard-won sisterhood to sell her heart to the wrong man. Daniel and Juanito, grateful to call Angel "mother," share a love story of their own-until it isn't. Barillas's empathic narration brings the vast, Xtravagant cast hauntingly alive. VERDICT Libraries working to increase meaningful LGBTQ acquisitions should consider Beauties in all formats. ["A grittily gorgeous work for readers who don't go for cozies": LJ 8/17 starred review of the Ecco: HarperCollins hc.]-Terry Hong, -Smithsonian BookDragon, Washington, DC © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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