• Body Grammar

  • A Novel
  • By: Jules Ohman
  • Narrated by: Keylor Leigh
  • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (7 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A coming-of-age queer love story set in the glamorous but grueling world of international modeling—a "terrific debut...roiling with deep questions of identity and art, love, and the irrepressible need for meaning in life" (Jess Walter, bestselling author of The Cold Millions)

By the time Lou turns eighteen, modeling agents across Portland have scouted her for her striking androgynous look. Lou has no interest in fashion or being in the spotlight. She prefers to take photographs, especially of Ivy, her close friend and secret crush.

But when a hike ends in a tragic accident, Lou finds herself lost and ridden with guilt. Determined to find a purpose, Lou moves to New York and steps into the dizzying world of international fashion shows, haute couture, and editorial shoots. It’s a whirlwind of learning how to walk and how to command a body she’s never felt at ease in. But in the limelight, Lou begins to fear that she’s losing her identity—as an individual, as an artist, and as a person still in love with the girl she left behind. 

A sharply observed and intimate story of grief and healing, doubt and self-acceptance set against the hyper-image-conscious industry of modeling and high fashion, Body Grammar shines with the anxieties of finding your place in the world and the heartbreaking beauty of pursuing love. 

A VINTAGE ORIGINAL

©2022 Jules Ohman (P)2022 Random House Audio
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: LGBTQ+

Critic Reviews

ONE OF THE MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS OF THE SUMMER: BuzzFeed • Electric Literature

Body Grammar is gorgeously written; it’s chic, vivid, and glittering. It’s also sticky with big truths and stinging heartaches. Jules Ohman is a real talent.”—Jami Attenberg, author of All This Could Be Yours

“Ohman deftly crafts a heart-aching, healing, and clarifying journey of self-acceptance, trauma recovery, and queer love in this debut coming-of-age novel.”Dahlia Adler, BuzzFeed

“Like a figure in a glossy magazine ad, Ohman’s debut novel is lithe and invitingly mysterious.”—Michelle Hart, Electric Literature

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