Didn't Nobody Give a Shit What Happened to Carlotta Book (2023 Re-issue)

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The raucous, irreverent, and heart wrenching story of a transgender woman’s re-entry into life on the outside after over twenty years in incarceration told over one whirlwind Fourth of July weekend.

Following her involvement in a liquor store robbery during her youth, Carlotta Mercedes has been in a men’s prison for twenty-three years. Now she has finally been released and is heading home to the newly gentrified Brooklyn, re-entering the orbit of her ambivalent son, and adjusting to life as a quasi-free woman, restricted by parole rulings and the hostility of contemporary New York.

Loosely inspired by James Joyce’s UlyssesDidn't Nobody Give a Shit What Happened to Carlotta is a stylish literary novel and an inventive tale of belonging.

“Hannaham's prose is gloriously dense and full of elegant observations.”

“A writer of major importance.” ― New York Times Book Review

"Superb... Carlotta deserves a lot of things society rarely provides to women like her―among them, a role in great fiction. Hannaham gives Carlotta her due. A brash, ambitious novel carried by an unforgettable narrator."
Kirkus Reviews (starred)

"As if by means of some mashup of Hubert Selby, Darius James, and Bruce Wagner, Hannaham’s tripwire provocations and dazzling verbal fireworks give way to a fathomless tenderness and remorse. His Carlotta is spectacularly Brooklyn and devastatingly human all the way down to the bone."
Jonatham Lethem, author of Motherless Brooklyn

“Hannaham’s latest novel is at once irreverently funny and devastatingly sad, a quixotic tale about the queerness of missed time; how, for the most marginalised, the shackles of the past and uncertain promises of the future make dwelling in the present seem impossible.”
Michelle Hart, author of We Do What we Do in the Dark

“Maybe the comic novel is the best way to explore some of the least funny aspects of our society. Maybe the justice system is so immoral, the forces of capitalism so relentless, the treatment of some of our citizens so indefensible, that we have no choice but to turn heartbreak into hilarity, to laugh. Carlotta is a beautiful, unsettling book. The title is a trick; James Hannaham gives a shit, and so should everyone else.”
Rumaan Alam, author of Leave the World Behind


Author James Hannaham
Format Paperback
Pages 304
ISBN 9781787704930


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