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  • Hardcover
  • 288 pages
  • Under the Rainbow
  • Celia Laskey
  • 11 February 2017

Under the Rainbow❰EPUB❯ ✼ Under the Rainbow Author Celia Laskey – Essayreview.co.uk When a group of social activists arrive in a small town, the lives and beliefs of residents and outsiders alike are upended, in this wry, embracing novelBig Burr, Kansas, is the kind of place where ev When a group of social activists arrive in a small town, the lives and beliefs of residents and outsiders alike are upended, in this wry, embracing novelBig Burr, Kansas, is the kind of place where everyone seems to know everyone, and everyone shares the same values or keeps their opinions to themselves But when a national nonprofit labels Big Burr the most homophobic town in the US and sends in a task force of queer volunteers as an experiment they ll Under the Kindle - live and work in the community for two years in an attempt to broaden hearts and minds no one is truly prepared for what will ensueFurious at being uprooted from her life in Los Angeles and desperate to fit in at her new high school, Avery fears that it s only a matter of time before her gay crusader mom outs her Still grieving the death of her son, Linda welcomes the arrivals, who know mercifully little about her past And for Christine, the newcomers are not only a threat to the comforting rhythms of Big Burr life, but a call to action As tensions roil the town, cratering relationships and forcing closely guarded secrets into the light, everyone must consider what it really means to belong Told with warmth and wit, Under the Rainbow is a poignant, hopeful articulation of our complicated humanity that reminds us we are alike than we d like to admit.


About the Author: Celia Laskey

Celia Laskey s debut novel Under the Rainbow will be published by Riverhead Books on March , Her other work has appeared in Guernica, The Minnesota Review, Day One, and elsewhere She was also a finalist in Glimmer Train s Short Story Award for New Writers She has an MFA from the University of New Mexico and currently lives in Los Angeles with her wife and their dog Whiskey.


10 thoughts on “Under the Rainbow

  1. says:

    I felt similarly about this as I did about Red, White, and Royal Blue which for most people would be a compliment but for me sadly it is not I was not expecting for this to be a YA book, but given the tone and the coming of age nature, I think it s best to describe it that way This book seemsinterested in posturing than actually telling a compelling story complete with a definition of hetero shaming on the first page As a gay man who was bullied for being myself in high school, even I felt similarly about this as I did about Red, White, and Royal Blue which for most people would be a compliment but for me sadly it is not I was not expecting for this to be a YA book, but given the tone and the coming of age nature, I think it s best to describe it that way This book seemsinterested in posturing than actually telling a compelling story complete with a definition of hetero shaming on the first page As a gay man who was bullied for being myself in high school, even I did not see myself represented in these characters or their stories I was hoping to read a story about what it would actually be like to be a queer person living in the most homophobic town in America, what I got is some fantasy, wish fulfillment world where homophobic tendencies aren t embedded into the fabric of existence and can easily be unwoven with a gentle pull

  2. says:

    When Big Burr, Kansas is named the most homophobic place in America, a group of activists moves in to try to make a difference The novel starts from the perspective of one of their children, and moves from there to others in the town and in the group Laskey captures the pressures of small town life and the destructive nature of homophobia, but also the beauty of embracing your true self or learning to accept your neighbor My only slight quibble was as a reader, connecting with a narrator and When Big Burr, Kansas is named the most homophobic place in America, a group of activists moves in to try to make a difference The novel starts from the perspective of one of their children, and moves from there to others in the town and in the group Laskey captures the pressures of small town life and the destructive nature of homophobia, but also the beauty of embracing your true self or learning to accept your neighbor My only slight quibble was as a reader, connecting with a narrator and then losing the internal perspective of their story I still feel concerned for Avery and Zach, and want to know what happened with that billboard lady There is also a touch of wishful thinking but wouldn t you I received a copy of this from the publisher through NetGalley and Edelweiss whoops and it came out March 3, 2020.

  3. says:

    In this novel a non profit program named Acceptance Across America AAA goes to the supposed most homophobic town with a task force that provides undercover dedicated time to fight homophobia and issues within the community I did this as an audio book and the numerous narrators were incredible and perfectly fit each character The novel has a large number of main characters with chapters dedicated to their POV I liked the amount of time given to each character chapter wise I think it helps y In this novel a non profit program named Acceptance Across America AAA goes to the supposed most homophobic town with a task force that provides undercover dedicated time to fight homophobia and issues within the community I did this as an audio book and the numerous narrators were incredible and perfectly fit each character The novel has a large number of main characters with chapters dedicated to their POV I liked the amount of time given to each character chapter wise I think it helps you build a better connection or in some cases builds a case for why their mind may work the way it does or their feelings towards certain things Or in some cases just clearly emphasizes ignorance Initially I wasn t sure if so many points of view would make me feeldetached from the story and less directly connected to a specific character or characters But it actually gave a great sense of a community which I know was the intent The book did a perfect job creating and representing the stereotypical types of people, some unfortunately, for emphasis of how ridiculous it is at times There was humor with mockery and cliche topics Such as Too pretty to be lesbians at least it s not two men types of statements While there were bits of humor and some of this came off light hearted there are underlying issues that are very serious and directly confronted There were very subtle tie ins of the characters that you could almost miss if not paying attention and emphasis on pronouns that provided a nice extra touch I think books like this are another great way to open up dialogue about communities and minorities that need our collective support While we have made great advances over the years we still have a lot of room to grow I enjoyed how overall this book was not too heavy and didn t leave me feeling gutted but still left room for even a very open accepting person to continue to think about things and where we can continue to grow

  4. says:

    Under the Rainbow imagines a clash between urban and rural America An LGBT nonprofit s named a small Kansas town the most homophobic in America, and a task force made up mostly of white gentrifiers is ordered to move there to conduct community outreach and education chapters alternate between the perspectives of residents and nonprofit workers, to the point that no one voice or plot line is fully developed There s a lot to dislike about the novel the premise is patronizing, the characterizati Under the Rainbow imagines a clash between urban and rural America An LGBT nonprofit s named a small Kansas town the most homophobic in America, and a task force made up mostly of white gentrifiers is ordered to move there to conduct community outreach and education chapters alternate between the perspectives of residents and nonprofit workers, to the point that no one voice or plot line is fully developed There s a lot to dislike about the novel the premise is patronizing, the characterization cliched, the setting a confused mix of the suburban and the rural but Laskey writes smooth prose that reads easily and the pacing is swift The chapters told from teens point of view are the strongest, and it s easy to imagine the writer as a YA novelist

  5. says:

    3.5 stars.Celia Laskey s Under the Rainbow is a collection of poignant, thought provoking, interconnected stories about an interesting social experiment of sorts.Big Burr, Kansas has been determined to be the most homophobic town in the U.S by a nonprofit group The group decides to send an LGBTQ task force to live and work in Big Burr, and see what inroads can be made in a two year period.As task force members try to adjust their lives which weren t necessarily all that well adjusted where 3.5 stars.Celia Laskey s Under the Rainbow is a collection of poignant, thought provoking, interconnected stories about an interesting social experiment of sorts.Big Burr, Kansas has been determined to be the most homophobic town in the U.S by a nonprofit group The group decides to send an LGBTQ task force to live and work in Big Burr, and see what inroads can be made in a two year period.As task force members try to adjust their lives which weren t necessarily all that well adjusted wherever they came from to life in Big Burr, they encounter the expected reactions and some surprising ones, but aren t quite sure what it all will mean And while the residents of Big Burr aren t all that happy about the visitors to their town, it s not always for the reasons you d expect.Laskey s stories focus both on task force members and town residents There s the daughter of the task force leader, who craves a regular life instead of an alternative life in the spotlight the mother grieving over her son s death, who finds comfort among the outcasts the man who has done everything expected of him, who wants to step out of the closet but is afraid of the consequences and a task force member who thought his relationship with his partner might get better with a change of scenery, only to find they are slipping into old habits and many .Some of the stories are poignant and moving and some just didn t quite resonate for me, but while at first many of these characters seem like one note stereotypes, Laskey provides complexity, emotion, and some depressing moments in a number of the stories One story in particular just knocked me for a loop This book definitely made me think and Laskey is a talented storyteller Ultimately, though, I don t know what the message of the book was I felt like there were a lot of incidents left dangling, and while the epilogue was used to bring closure it actually pointed out the moments I would ve loved to have seen in the book,tell than show.Check out my list of the best books I read in 2019 at Check out my list of the best books of the decade at all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com.Follow me on Instagram at

  6. says:

    2.5 I think I was expecting a pointed satire and what I got was a fairytale veering between didactic and cheesy Not for me.

  7. says:

    Lovely debut novel that follows a task force of LGBTQ people sent to The Most Homophobic Town in America, Big Burr, Kansas I liked this book the writing is solid, and Laskey did a great job of setting us in scenes This book jumps from character to character, and I felt a loss that we didn t get to know certain characters like Avery, Zach, even Karen, deeper It felt like we got too short of a time with each character Some of this could have been because I d just read Girl, Woman, Other, w Lovely debut novel that follows a task force of LGBTQ people sent to The Most Homophobic Town in America, Big Burr, Kansas I liked this book the writing is solid, and Laskey did a great job of setting us in scenes This book jumps from character to character, and I felt a loss that we didn t get to know certain characters like Avery, Zach, even Karen, deeper It felt like we got too short of a time with each character Some of this could have been because I d just read Girl, Woman, Other, which is a master class in shifting viewpoints and interconnected characters This book was a solid debut and I ll read whatever she writes next, it just wasn t mindblowing I also would love to hear a queer person from middle America a small town s thoughts on this book

  8. says:

    This book is about a group of LGBTQ rights activists who move to the so called Most Homophobic Town in America for two years in an effort to change hearts and minds There are multiple narrators some residents, some activists , which I m sometimes wary of because it s a trope that s been done poorlytimes than it s been done well A book can get messy with all those characters voicing their opinions and wielding their omniscience all over the place As soon as I saw that Under the Rainbo This book is about a group of LGBTQ rights activists who move to the so called Most Homophobic Town in America for two years in an effort to change hearts and minds There are multiple narrators some residents, some activists , which I m sometimes wary of because it s a trope that s been done poorlytimes than it s been done well A book can get messy with all those characters voicing their opinions and wielding their omniscience all over the place As soon as I saw that Under the Rainbow featured a table of contents listing its eleven narrators, I kind of groaned inwardly, to be honest I was wrong, though, because Celia Laskey employs this device kind of brilliantly I was won over almost immediately.Something about the way Laskey structured this book made it feel fresh I really liked that each of the eleven only gets one chapter to narrate with only one exception , but all the narrating characters appear in other chapters too, so we get to experience the contrast between their inner monologue and how they re perceived by everyone else We get to know their secrets secret doubts, desires, and shame Secret lives, in some cases By the end, I couldn t have imagined this story being told any other way

  9. says:

    Big thanks to Riverhead Books for a free copy.I so enjoyed Under the Rainbow it s a wry, sharp novel The premise After Big Burr, Kansas is determined to be the most homophobic town in tbe U.S., a team from Acceptance Across America moves in for a short time to conduct advocacy work.Each chapter is told from the perspective of a different person a gamble that I think really pays off and yielded a rich narrative This is the story of queer individuals moving to a conservative town, but it s Big thanks to Riverhead Books for a free copy.I so enjoyed Under the Rainbow it s a wry, sharp novel The premise After Big Burr, Kansas is determined to be the most homophobic town in tbe U.S., a team from Acceptance Across America moves in for a short time to conduct advocacy work.Each chapter is told from the perspective of a different person a gamble that I think really pays off and yielded a rich narrative This is the story of queer individuals moving to a conservative town, but it s also the story of that town, of change, of bravery and foolishness and life.I just thought this one was fantastic, and I ll be thinking about some of these characters for awhile Given its various themes and layers, it s perfect for your book club.Content warnings view spoiler Homophobia, car accidents, suicidal ideation, suicide attempt, sexual assault, marital troubles, depression, bullying, and LGBTQ targeted hate crimes feature There also are references to AIDS deaths , homelessness and unemployment as the result of homophobia , the murder of a black transgender woman and no investigation , suicide attempt, alcoholism and liver failure resulting in a mother s death hide spoiler

  10. says:

    14 3 20Thank you Riverhead books for gifting me a copy of this book You can find me onYoutube Instagram Twitter Tumblr Website 14 3 20Thank you Riverhead books for gifting me a copy of this book You can find me onYoutube Instagram Twitter Tumblr Website

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