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What does it mean to love someone well? What does it mean to be a good daughter, or a good wife? What does it look like to step outside the way these roles have been prescribed to us? In her debut full-length collection, I Now Pronounce You, Caroline Earleywine explores these questions and more as she takes us on the journey of a daughter processing the emotional landscape of her parents’ divorce, an Arkansas public school teacher coming to terms with her queerness, and a wife navigating the vulnerable work it takes to love your partner along with yourself as you both grow and change.
An interrogation of traditions relating to marriage, gender, sexuality, and family, this book is for anyone who has looked up from the script of their lives and said, This isn’t working for me anymore, for anyone who needs permission to throw out the script entirely and live something more true.
"I Now Pronounce You" is gorgeous, vulnerable, resonant, and wonderfully queer. Caroline Earleywine takes everything she knows about love and examines it from new angles, questioning what it means to truly care for another person. I love this collection with my whole heart and already know I’ll return to it again and again."
—Susie Dumond, author of Queerly Beloved and Looking for a Sign
I Now Pronounce You is a tender missive; a queer love letter to the unsanded edges of childhood, desire, betrayal, and belonging. Earleywine’s narrative voice is fantastically honest, both wounding and soothing us at the same time.
—Sierra DeMulder, author of Ephemera
In I Now Pronounce You, Caroline Earleywine brilliantly sets the stage for grief, and she invites us onto that stage, where I am split open, my lines forgotten, but I am startlingly myself. Tenderly-crafted, both elegiac and celebratory, these poems interrogate the inherited scripts society tries to force onto women and queer people, onto what love is supposed to look like. Grief is in the spotlight, and yet, this book is romantic as hell—Earleywine writes necessary new endings to our collective queer aching, because “some stories can’t stay inside the body.” A stunning debut.
—Lisa Summe, author of Say It Hurts
Caroline Earleywine’s first full-length collection I Now Pronounce You triumphantly claims her unapologetic and un-silenced space in the literary canon. Poem after poem is a symphony of her own hard-earned songs—as survivor, queer woman, daughter, wife, teacher bravely holding space for LGBTQIA+ youth in a hate-prone country. Moving through scenes that jump from past to present, from her parents’ marriage to her own—while navigating an identity of silence and fear—Earleywine breaks through generational patterns and heals those she holds dear with her unflinching voice. She sheds so many skins within these pages, and becomes more and more seated in her truest self— “a braver life.”
— Kai Coggin, author of Mother of Other Kingdoms and Mining for Stardust
It’s not just what you’re wearing; it’s who you are. Caroline Earleywine's Lesbian Fashion Struggles breaks the cycle of history’s tight-lipped queer mouth and clears out the South’s closet of its “sleeves empty with possibility.” These poems are a reckoning of her queer self, first as she comes out, and then as an out and married high school English teacher in Arkansas where others have been fired for loving openly. As political as every queer life is, it’s the happiness of finding, being, and loving yourself, it’s that promise, for those of us who still need to hear or to be reminded, that it will get better.
“Caroline Earleywine has written the book so many of us needed when we were younger. Nuanced, accessible, and gorgeous at once—Lesbian Fashion Struggles reads as a poetic field guide for being femme, queer, blonde, and presumed straight in Arkansas. This book is bravery in verse.”
— Megan Falley, author of Drive Here and Devastate Me