A "Globe 100" Best Book of the Year (The Globe and Mail)
Lambda Literary Award finalist
In the beginning, there is no he. There is no she.
Two cells make up one cell. This is the mathematics behind creation. One plus one makes one. Life begets life. We are the period to a sentence, the effect to a cause, always belonging to someone. We are never our own.
This is why we are so lonely.
She of the Mountains is a beautifully rendered 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 complexities of embodiment and the damaging effects that policing gender and sexuality can have on the human heart.
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Vivek Shraya is an artist whose body of work crosses the boundaries of music, literature, visual art, theater, and film. Her bestselling book I’m Afraid of Men was heralded by Vanity Fair as “cultural rocket fuel,” and her album with Queer Songbook Orchestra, Part-Time Woman, was nominated for the Polaris Music Prize. She is one half of the music duo Too Attached and the founder of the publishing imprint VS. Books. A five-time Lambda Literary Award finalist, Vivek has also received honors from the Writers’ Trust of Canada and the Publishing Triangle. She is a director on the board of the Tegan and Sara Foundation and an assistant professor of creative writing at the University of Calgary.
Published: December 2019
Originally published by Arsenal Pulp Press
“A cathartic tale simply told.” — The Globe and Mail (The Globe 100 of 2014)
“An intoxicating story that thrums and aches with teenage energy.” — Edmonton Journal (Top 5 Books of 2014)
“Vivek's latest — and most beautiful — work is a truly remarkable, mesmerizing journey.” — Tegan Quin, of Tegan and Sara
“The Hindu gods, with their constantly shifting personas and manifestations, add a clever and thoughtful layer to the novel and highlight the intricacies and power of a love that eclipses gender, time, and conventions.” — Publishers Weekly
“She Of The Mountains is part poetry, part novel, part short vignette — all beautiful. — NOW Magazine