This Brutal House by Niven Govinden

This Brutal House

Niven Govinden

fiction lgbtqia+ literary dark slow-paced

289 pages | first published 2019


On the steps of New York's City Hall, five ageing Mothers sit in silent protest. They are the guardians of the vogue ball community - queer men who opened their hearts and homes to countless lost Children, providing safe spaces for them to explore...
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emotional 66%
reflective 66%
dark 55%
sad 55%
challenging 44%
funny 11%
hopeful 11%
informative 11%
inspiring 11%
tense 11%


slow 66%
medium 33%

Plot- or character-driven?

A mix: 50% | Character: 50%

Strong character development?

It's complicated: 62% | Yes: 37%

Loveable characters?

It's complicated: 62% | Yes: 25% | No: 12%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 100%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

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