Winner of 29th Annual Lambda Literary Award for Transgender Fiction
2016 Writers’ Trust of Canada Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBTQ Emerging Writers, Finalist


Small Beauty tells the story of Mei, a mixed race trans woman managing the death of her cousin, the ways she contorts to navigate racism and transphobia, and her desire for community as she takes an opportunity to leave the city and revisit a town from her family’s past, where she discovers queer family history while parsing through her own anger and trauma.


“Literature needs Small Beauty.” —Tethered by Letters


“A quiet, gorgeous meditation on grief, race, and community, Wilson-Yang’s writing more than delivers on the title’s promise.” —Lambda Literary


“Wilson-Yang’s writing is uncommon, combining a rare talent for poetic description with a solid grasp on the techniques of prose.” —Plenitude


“Some of the most gorgeous writing trans lit has been blessed with.” —The Winnipeg Review


“Wilson-Yang deftly weaves and unweaves the threads of narrative tropes that have come to dominate the telling of the stories of trans women, lesbians, migrants, and Chinese North Americans.” —Autostraddle


Small Beauty’s quiet power is well on its way to much-deserved acclaim.” —Montreal Review of Books


“Evocative of classic Canadiana, Wilson-Yang’s book offers a fresh revisioning of the settler/colonial gothic, with one foot in a magic real