By turns tender and punk-tough, Shine of the Ever is a literary mixtape of queer voices out of 1990s Portland. This collection of short stories explores what binds a community of queer and trans people as they negotiate love, screwing up and learning to forgive themselves for being young and sometimes foolish.
About the Author
Claire Rudy Foster is a queer, nonbinary single parent in recovery. Their short story collection, I’ve Never Done This Before, was published to warm acclaim in 2016. With four Pushcart Prize nominations, Foster’s writing has appeared in McSweeney’s, The Rumpus, and many other journals. Their nonfiction work has reached millions of readers in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Narratively, among others. Foster lives and writes in Portland, Oregon.
“[W]e are a mass of bliss and fury and love and pain and truth and sound,” Foster writes in the first story of this polyphonic mixtape of short fiction set in and around Portland. With prose that's at once wrenching and punk-poetic, Foster renders Stumptown as a flawed utopia, populated by people who inhabit that liminal space between longing and belonging. —Michelle Hart, O Magazine