Thursday, 26 July 2012

The Slow Fix by Ivan E. Coyote

Book:  The Slow Fix by Ivan E. Coyote, 2009 by Arsenal Pulp Press, 152 pages.

Synopsis from Goodreads:
”Coyote is an important literary voice, blending a keen sense of gay identity and community with a refreshing appreciation for the goodness at the heart of some straight people.”—Out
The first three story collections by Ivan E. Coyote featured insightful, deeply personal tales about gender, identity, and community, based on her own experiences growing up lesbian in Canada’s North. Ivan’s most recent book, Bow Grip, was her first novel; it was shortlisted for the Ferro-Grumley Prize for Women’s Fiction, was named a Stonewall Honor Book by the American Library Association, and won Canada’s ReLit Award for Best Novel of the Year.

With The Slow Fix, Ivan returns to her short story roots in a collection that is disarming, warm, and funny, while it at the same time subverts our preconceived notions of gender roles. Ivan excels at finding the small yet significant truths in our everyday gestures and interactions. By doing so, she helps us to embrace not what makes us women or men, but human beings.

Ivan E. Coyote is the author of five books, all published by Arsenal Pulp Press. Born in Canada’s Yukon Territory, she lives in Vancouver, BC.

My Thougths:
I absolutely love Ivan Coyote's storytelling.  Her stories just draw me in and make me want to keep reading more. 

This collection is a short story, memoir collection.  She touches on a wide range of topics, though many of them involve how we view gender roles, but there are also other topics, such as family and growing up in the north.  In the space of one story Coyote has the ability to make the reader laugh, cry, be entertained, be challenged, and think - quite a feat. 

Coyote is clearly a master of her craft and I would love to get some of her audio recordings to hear her tell her stories.  This is the second one of her books that I have read now, and the second one that I have raced though, telling myself that I'll read "just one more story" before I put it down.

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