Joseph Cassara’s debut novel: The House of Impossible Beauties is both raw and vibrant, sparkling and dark. Inspired by the 1990’s documentary: Paris Is Burning, Impossible Beauties centers around New York City’s 1980’s drag ball scene. Cassara tells the story of a group of young gay and transgender characters, rejected by their own families, who amid societal scorn, the AIDS epidemic, drugs, sex-work and abuse create a magical but imperfect, shimmering but flawed community. This book is stunning, hard to read and haunting. Fans of White Fur and A Little Life will relish the crackle and burn of this book.