Making It: A Novel (Paperback)

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From the author of Wild Things comes a heartwarming and relatable queer coming of age story about an isolated young woman whose artistic celebration of her pet chinchilla suddenly launches her into the professional art world, reality TV fame, and first love.

"Brilliantly and truthfully rendered friendships, flirtations, and workplace dramas . . . but also a truly nuanced, sensitive, and warm-hearted portrait of living with mental illness." —Emma Hughes, author of No Such Thing as Perfect


Isobel's life is small: just her, her mum, and her pet chinchilla, Abigail, in their council flat on the Kentish coast. After mental health troubles in her teens, Issy, now twenty-eight, has kept things that way on purpose, only deviating from routine when her part-time job at a paint-your-own pottery studio demands it, or when she's inspired to create art of Abigail: knitted Abigails, sculptural Abigails, delicately rendered paintings of Abigail.

When the Abigails earn the attention of famous artist and reality TV star Elizabeth Staggs, Issy is awestruck and a little alarmed. These emotions compound when Elizabeth makes Issy an unexpected offer: move to London and work for a year shadowing Elizabeth as she produces her hit arts documentary series. Terrified but determined, Issy agrees, and soon finds herself sharing a flat with a crew of boisterous roommates who welcome her into their queer enclave and attempt to mentor her in the city's wide world of romantic possibilities. Issy can't help but wish that one roommate—gorgeous and cool aspiring actress, Robin—might make her mentorship a bit more hands on...even while, at work, she struggles under the guidance of Elizabeth's harsh and exacting young producer, Aubrey.

But when Elizabeth seizes on Issy's idea to structure the upcoming season around a group of outsider artists, Issy finds both her work and love lives growing more complicated by the day, whether she's ready or not. Making It is a nuanced and life affirming look at living with depression and of finding, as we all deserve to, self-acceptance, community, and love.

About the Author


LAURA KAY is a writer living in East London. Her journalism and personal essays have been published in The Guardian, Diva Magazine, Stylist, The Metro, and The Bookseller among others. In 2018 she was selected for the PRH WriteNow scheme where she developed her first novel The Split, which was longlisted for the Polari First Novel Prize. Making It is her fourth novel.

Praise For…


"Heartbreaking, hopeful, funny. Rarely have I rooted so hard for a character. I loved it!"
—Suzi Ruffell

"Making It is a masterful love letter to queer joy. It’s witty, uplifting, and tackles tricky situations with a wonderfully warm touch. Kay's talent shines on this one. She really is the future of queer rom-coms."
—Justin Myers, author of Leading Man

 
"I adored Making It. Brilliantly and truthfully rendered friendships, flirtations, and workplace dramas . . . but also a truly nuanced, sensitive, and warm-hearted portrait of living with mental illness." 
—Emma Hughes, author of No Such Thing as Perfect


Product Details
ISBN: 9780593470077
ISBN-10: 0593470079
Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date: July 2nd, 2024
Pages: 384
Language: English