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Lammy Award Finalist: Didn’t Nobody Give a Shit What Happened to Carlotta

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Didn’t Nobody Give a Shit What Happened to Carlotta
James Hannaham
(Little, Brown and Company, 2022)
9780316285278 (Print). 9780316286428 (Ebook). 9781668605219 (Audiobook) 
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From the publisher’s website:

“Carlotta Mercedes has been misunderstood her entire life. When she was pulled into a robbery gone wrong, she still went by the name she’d grown up with in Fort Greene, Brooklyn—before it gentrified. But not long after her conviction, she took the name Carlotta and began to live as a woman, an embrace of selfhood that prison authorities rejected, keeping Carlotta trapped in an all-male cell block, abused by both inmates and guards, and often placed in solitary.

In her fifth appearance before the parole board, Carlotta is at last granted conditional freedom and returns to a much-changed New York City. Over a whirlwind Fourth of July weekend, she struggles to reconcile with the son she left behind, to reunite with a family reluctant to accept her true identity, and to avoid any minor parole infraction that might get her consigned back to lockup.”


Didn’t Nobody Give a Shit What Happened to Carlotta is a finalist for the 2023 Transgender Fiction category of the Lambda Literary Awards. The Lammy Award winners will be announced in June.