Realizing Queer Kinship

Martha K. Davis’ SCISSORS, PAPER, STONE was recently reviewed by Gertrude Press’ Jess Travers. The novel, narrated in alternating chapters by Catherine, her adopted daughter Min, and Min’s best friend Laura, spans twenty years of love, loss, and the complex reality of female relationships. Seeing similarites between her own experiences and those of Martha’s characters, in “Realizing Queer Kinship,” Travers applauds Martha for creating such a compelling novel and “ruptur[ing] the construct of kinship.” Travers writes, “Scissors, Paper, Stone┬áreminds me to keep putting pressure on my own prejudices about what makes family, and it challenges me to keep rethinking desire. These are not easy tasks for a book to take on, but Davis’ novel rises to the occasion by pointing to the limitations of defining family by way of biology or ethnicity and by inviting the possibility for kinship to be realized in divergent, queer ways.”