She of the Mountains

She of the Mountains

Book - 2014
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She of the Mountains is an illustrated novel by Vivek Shraya, the author of the Lambda Literary Award finalist God Loves Hair. Shraya weaves a passionate, contemporary love story between a man and his body, with a re-imagining of Hindu mythology. Both narratives explore the complex ways that we are formed and transformed by love, and show how the process of learning to love and be loved by another can ultimately, and sometimes painfully, bring us back to ourselves.
Publisher: Vancouver, BC : Arsenal Pulp Press, 2014.
ISBN: 9781551525600
Branch Call Number: FIC SHRAYA
Characteristics: 149 pages : color illustrations ; 21 cm.
Additional Contributors: Biesinger, Raymond - Illustrator


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Jun 12, 2018

A powerful story, beautifully written.

Feb 03, 2018

Imagine a great love epic stripped of all its finery, down to its bare bones, and hold it in your hands like you're trying to drink it as water.

Now, take that image and make it queer.

This is Vivek Shraya's writing, to me.

There are quotations alone in this book that make it worth a 5-star rating.

"Wearing 'queer' allowed him to shed the sense that he was lying to one group or another. His love, and the person he cherished the most, no longer needed to be kept secret. He could be everything all at once.

Ironically, 'queer' meant whole."

Shraya's writing comforts me. This book feels so personal, it's almost as if it came from her.

She calls out queer culture, and how we hold each other up to definitions of what 'gay' is, what 'queer' is, so that we sometimes suffocate each other in our efforts to define ourselves. That is a comfort to me.

The way she finally puts into words what I have felt in myself for so long is a comfort to me.

Her writing is as fierce as it is tender. It is compassion at its best, love born out of a struggle, empowered with knowledge and distilled to a science.

I cry, and Vivek Shraya says, it's alright, you can cry

Mar 20, 2017

A remarkable piece of prose, very short but astonishingly far-reaching. A love story, a bildungsroman and a romp through Hindu mythology all rolled up into one delicious package. Elegantly illustrated with a set of clever, whimsical drawings entirely in black, white and green.

Jun 15, 2016

A bit short and meandering, but absolutely beautifully written. I love the discussion of bisexuality and not fitting in as straight OR gay.

Feb 23, 2015

superb read

Nov 10, 2014

Edmonton-born author Vivek Shraya's playful exploration of queer identity layers Hindu mythology with contemporary life.


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