We Had No Rules

We Had No Rules

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A defiant, beautifully realized story collection about the messy complications of contemporary queer life.

A young teenager runs from her family's conservative home to her sister's NY apartment to learn a very different set of rules. A woman grieves the loss of a sister, a "gay divorce," and the pain of unacknowledged abuse with the help of a lone wallaby on a farm in Washington State. A professor of women's and gender studies revels in academic and sexual power but risks losing custody of the family dog.

Corinne Manning’s defiant, beautifully realized story collection about the messy complications of contemporary queer life follow a cast of queer characters as they explore the choice of assimilation over rebellion, feeling the promise of a radically reimagined world but facing complicity instead.

Title:We Had No Rules
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781551527994
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  • Erik

    The deft of hand with which Corinne Manning discusses the nuances and tensions of contemporary queer life through the stories in "We Had No Rules" is unparalleled in recent queer literature.Each story...

  • CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian

    A (deliberately) messy, very queer collection of contemporary short stories. The focus is on queer people as flawed humans; it emphasizes the (true) nasty things about our communities and characters' ...

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)

    For the most part, these are all lgbtq+ in theme, but these are overall not coming out stories. These are adults, in relationships, making decisions for better or worse. A lot of imperfect people, som...

  • Anna Avian

    A poignant collection of short stories that focuses on queer relationships and their dissolution. I liked that there were several stories that focused on the same families, but were presented from a d...

  • Derek Minno-Bloom

    This book instantly became one of my favorite collections of short stories. Some folks say they don't like short stories, but this is a collection that will make someone fall in love with the short st...

  • Jerrie (redwritinghood)

    This collection of stories focuses on queer relationships. There was a lack of variety in that the majority of the stories focused on the dissolution of relationships and similar types of relationship...

  • chantel nouseforaname

    Unique. I love that all these stories possess this element of uncertainty — they all have this quality of "okay, I've gotten what I wanted, but something feels off.. something feels not quite right"...

  • Misha

    I did not realize at first that these stories are interconnected, that you see characters from different perspectives and at different points in their lives throughout. This debut short story collecti...

  • zac carter

    without a doubt, i will read anything corinne manning shares with the world. this book is made up of the nuances of queerness i search for in art i consume. it is no wonder i stretched out the reading...

  • Derek Siegel

    I really enjoyed these stories - I think the author writes convincingly from a number of perspectives, thus that we get to see a portrait of sympathetic (and deeply flawed) trans and queer characters....