Pink Steam reveals the intimate secrets of Dodie Bellamy's life - sex, shoplifting, voyeurism and writing. Like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz Bellamy grows up in a small Midwestern town. She's a bossy, queer child who identifies with the freaks she watches on The Twilight Zone. Eventually, again like Dorothy, she hurls herself out of Indiana and tumbles into Oz - San Francisco's bohemian Mission District. In this new world a woman can turn into a giant reptile, lust for King Kong and yet still feel repressed and constricted. As she battles on the frontier of uber-female literary vision, Bellamy tries on genre after genre - horror tale, essay, letter, academic novel and the fortune cookie tags of daily life. Pink Steam barges beyond the cliches of gendered experience and just keeps on going.