Nicholas Alexander Hayes reviews Building Fires in the Snow: A Collection of Alaska LGBTQ Short Fiction and Poetry
The city dominates the narratives of queer literature. Radclyffe Hall sends the protagonist of The Well of Loneliness to find themselves in London and finally Paris. Rita Mae Brown’s heroine of Rubyfruit Jungle winds her way to New York. Gore Vidal’s The City and The Pillar runs through many cities (notably New York) but also references that originary myth of a queer city, Sodom. The countryside can be seen but is often depicted as somehow melancholy and dangerous.