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The Albino Album (a novel)

“This book will grab you by the throat and not let up for 550 pages and when you’re finished you’ll wish you were back in its jaws.”- Lambda Literary Review, Sarah Rauch


The Albino Album
Seven Stories Press 2013
Distributed by Random House
560 pages

The Albino Album, a queer epic, follows the life of a little girl who accidentally feeds her mother to an albino tiger and grows up to become a domestic terrorist.

Click here to order the novel (Released February 24th, 2013)


"A natural and philosophical writer, Woods is propelled by her commitments to language and desire to illuminate ghettos of consciousness: geographic, economic, and emotional."
—Sarah Schulman, author of Rat Bohemia and Gentrification of the Mind: Witness to a Lost Imagination

Click here for the full Lambda Literary Review

Woods presents a technicolored vision of rural adolescence, the story of a girl with an unpronounceable name—a fieryunhinged, growling, big-hearted country girl in a dirty black tutu and combat boots who travels along all the bizarre yet familiar byways of human desire from the cornfields of Indiana to the big brass sound of Mardi Gras, to the heights of the Empire State Building. In the tradition of the southern gothic novel, Woods presents a new land of contemporary misfits including fire-dancers, pseudo Nazis who breed albino animals, catholic workers, horse thieves, and the archangel Gabriel. A bold exploration of the intersections of race, class, and sexuality, The Albino Album is an exhilarating contemplation on the relationships between political action, art, and romance.


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