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The Freezer Door (Semiotext(e) / Native Agents) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781635901283
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Semiotext(e) - November 24th, 2020

Coming to My Senses: A Story of Perfume, Pleasure, and an Unlikely Bride Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143123385
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Published: Penguin Books - June 25th, 2013

In conversation with Alyssa Harad


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A meditation on the trauma and possibility of searching for connection in a world that enforces bland norms of gender, sexual, and social conformity.

When you turn the music off, and suddenly you feel an unbearable sadness, that means turn the music back on, right? When you still feel the sadness, even with the music, that means there’s something wrong with this music. Sometimes I feel like sex without context isn’t sex at all. And sometimes I feel like sex without context is what sex should always be.
The Freezer Door

The Freezer Door records the ebb and flow of desire in daily life. Crossing through loneliness in search of communal pleasure in Seattle, Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore exposes the failure and persistence of queer dreams, the hypocritical allure of gay male sexual culture, and the stranglehold of the suburban imagination over city life.

Ferocious and tender, The Freezer Door offers a complex meditation on the trauma and possibility of searching for connection in a world that relentlessly enforces bland norms of gender, sexual, and social conformity while claiming to celebrate diversity.


Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore is the author of two memoirs and three novels, and the editor of five nonfiction anthologies. Her first memoir, The End of San Francisco, won a Lambda Literary Award, and her most recent novel, Sketchtasy, was one of NPR’s Best Books of 2018. Her new book, The Freezer Door, was just longlisted for the PEN/Jean Stein Award, is a New York Times Editors’ Choice, and is one of Oprah Magazine’s Best LGBTQ Books of 2020. Sycamore lives in Seattle.



Alyssa Harad is the author of a memoir, Coming to My Senses. She has published essays in Jewish Quarterly, O: The Oprah Magazine, The Chronicle of Higher Education and other venues. She is currently writing a novel inspired by the lives and art of women associated with Surrealism featuring a singing hyena. She lives in Austin, TX.

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