Jules Ohman with Sarah Neilson — Body Grammar: A Novel

"Delicate, empathetic, and full of delicious longing, this is a gleaming coming-of-age novel from a tremendously talented debut writer.” —Kimberly King Parsons

Third Place Books welcomes novelist Jules Ohman to our Ravenna store! Ohman will be discussing her debut novel Body Grammara coming-of-age queer love story that glitters like shards of glass amidst the bright yet grueling world of international modeling. She will be in conversation with Sarah Neilson, journalist and frequent critic for the Seattle Times.

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About Body Grammar. . .

By the time Lou turns eighteen, modeling agents across Portland have scouted her for her striking androgynous look. Lou has no interest in fashion or being in the spotlight. She prefers to take photographs, especially of Ivy, her close friend and secret crush.

But when a hike ends in a tragic accident, Lou finds herself lost and ridden with guilt. Determined to find a purpose, Lou moves to New York and steps into the dizzying world of international fashion shows, haute couture, and editorial shoots. It’s a whirlwind of learning how to walk and how to command a body she’s never felt at ease in. But in the limelight, Lou begins to fear that she’s losing her identity—as an individual, as an artist, and as a person still in love with the girl she left behind. 

A sharply observed and intimate story of grief and healing, doubt and self-acceptance set against the hyper-image-conscious industry of modeling and high fashion, Body Grammar shines with the anxieties of finding your place in the world and the heartbreaking beauty of pursuing love. 

Praise for Body Grammar . . .

“Like a figure in a glossy magazine ad, Ohman’s debut novel is lithe and invitingly mysterious.”
—Michelle Hart, Electric Literature, The Most Anticipated LGBTQ+ Books for Summer 2022

“A terrific debut, cool and laconic on its glamorous surface, but roiling with deep questions of identity and art, love, and the irrepressible need for meaning in life. Jules Ohman is a young writer worth watching.”
—Jess Walter, author of The Cold Millions

“Set in the gritty and fascinating world of high fashion, Body Grammar itself feels bravely unadorned, its face bare and without artifice. Ohman has a gift for articulating subtle states of mind, not just what a character is thinking, but how it feels for the thoughts to be moving through them. She lands in each moment so lightly, like a bird hovering over a branch. The result is a coming of age story that captures the terror of first love and first loss with the subtle delicacy of a watercolor. Remarkable.”
—Rufi Thorpe, author of The Knockout Queen

Body Grammar is prescient and provocative, a stunning exploration of the complex relationship between artistic creation and queer first love. Ohman writes with graceful, measured precision about image and self-image, seeing and being seen. Delicate, empathetic, and full of delicious longing, this is a gleaming coming-of-age novel from a tremendously talented debut writer.”
—Kimberly King Parsons, author of Black Light

Jules Ohman received an MFA from the University of Montana and cofounded the nonprofit Free Verse. She coordinates Literary Arts’ Writers in the Schools program and lives in Portland, Oregon, with her wife. Body Grammar is her first novel. (Photo credit: Raya Jade)

Sarah Neilson is a Seattle-based freelance writer whose work appears in The Seattle Times, Shondaland, The Believer, LitHub, Catapult, and them.us among others. She can be found on Twitter @sarahmariewrote.

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