Two sex addicts meet and fall in love. A woman catches her husband cheating on her with their dog and escapes to her sister’s horse farm. Four friends—fellow pervs—grow up and drift apart, pining for each other in silence until one of them is murdered.
In Jess Taylor’s sophomore story collection, contemporary views of female sexuality are subverted, and women are given agency over their desires and bodies. Through these characters, sex is revealed to be many things at once: gross, shameful, exhilarating, hidden or open—and always complicated. Reminiscent of the works of Maggie Nelson, Mary Gaitskill and Chris Kraus, the stories in Just Pervs explore the strange oppression and illumination created by desire, the bewilderment of adolescence, and the barriers to intimacy both discovered within and imposed upon ourselves.
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Press Coverage for Just Pervs:
Most Anticipated: 2019 Fall Fiction Preview —49th Shelf
Fall Books Preview 2019: Short Fiction and Anthologies —Quill and Quire
30 New Books of Queer and Feminist Interest to Get Excited About This Fall —Autostraddle
35 Books We Can’t Wait to Read in Fall 2019 —Deborah Dundas, The Toronto Star
In Just Pervs, Jess Taylor Writes About Sex – Minus Trauma —NOW Magazine
“Elegantly written and cleverly executed, all aimed at capturing the human condition and the often surprising content of our secret lives.” —Sarah Murdoch, The Toronto Star
“Just Pervs imagines a world in which women’s sexual desire isn’t disgraceful; it’s communicated, expressed, fulfilled, and accepted.” —Jessica Rose, rabble.ca
“Taylor’s prose is beautiful and cutting… These stories are cruel and unflinching about everything: characters, events, even the recurring Toronto scenery. Taylor touches on some really lucid relationship dynamics – particularly the grittier, more regrettable short-term kind.” —Jackie Mlotek, Quill and Quire
Tight ’n Bright (The Lowest Point in my Life): A Story from Jess Taylor’s new collection, Just Pervs —PRISM International
12 Books Everyone Will Be Talking About This Season —Refinery29
“Jess Taylor’s stories are a lot of fun, but more importantly they push up against misconceptions about what it means to be a sexual woman.” —Fawn Parker, 49th Shelf
Keep It Short Interview: Jess Taylor on the Freedom & Healing of Short Fiction —Open Book
“The characters in Just Pervs, through their puppet-master, Taylor, unflinchingly share pretty much anything with us, eroding the idea that any of the stuff being shared should be taboo or hidden away.” —Marta Balcewicz, Shameless
The Nature of Personal Desire and Millenial Loneliness in Jess Taylor’s Just Pervs —Sanchari Sur, The Puritan
“Jess Taylor takes a resolute and unromantic approach to sex and desire in Just Pervs.” —Sylvia Santiago, Herizons
Test Kitchen: Bookish Valentine’s Day —All Lit Up
Jess Taylor is a Toronto writer and poet. She founded The Emerging Writers Reading Series in 2012. Pauls, her first collection of stories, was published by Book*hug Press in 2015. The title story from the collection, “Paul,” received the 2013 Gold Fiction National Magazine Award. Jess is currently at work on a novel and continuation of her life poem, “Never Stop.” She lives in Toronto.