Nicole has known for a long time that, despite what his mother and grandmother tell him, he is not a girl. And he fears there is nothing he can do to prevent the planned surgery that will convert their lies into reality. But when his friend Jimmy, the son of a prominent government minister, discovers the truth and learns that Nicole secretly calls himself Nicholas, he spurs Nicholas to stand up to the most powerful women in the country. *Mother Naked* takes place on a parallel Earth where political power is entirely matriarchal, and Nicholas's mother, the President of the Republic of Texas, has no intention of seeing her only child denied his privileged heritage due to the accident of his gender.
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About the Author
Cooper Renner's novels include *Dr Jesus and Mr Dead*, a supernatural tale of the Black Plague, and *The Wolves of Malta* cycle--*A Death by the Sea*, *A Spurious Death in a Foreign Country*, *The Goddess Moon*, *Weird Stories from the Old Country* and *The Virgin by Moonlight* (the last three of which will be available for Nook in June 2014). He is also the author of the novella *Disbelief*, about the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge's sojourn in Malta, and the poetry collection *Mosefolket* (under the name Cooper Esteban). He is the translator of Mario Bellatin's *Chinese Checkers: Three Fictions* and co-translator of Luis Benitez's *A Heron in Buenos Aires*. His story "Coyotes", about life on the Texas-Mexico border, is included in the anthology *New Border Voices*.