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A history of my brief body

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  • Running Time: 04:01 hrs
    Narrator: Billy-Ray Belcourt
    Publisher:
    Hamish Hamilton, 2020
    Note: This book was purchased with support from the Government of Canada's Social Development Partnerships Program - Disability Component.

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  • Contributor: Belcourt, Billy-Ray
    Edition: Unabridged
    Date:
    Created
    2020
    Summary:

    NATIONAL BESTSELLER The youngest ever winner of the Griffin Prize mines his own personal history to reconcile the world he was born into with the world that could be . Billy-Ray Belcourt's debut memoir opens with a tender letter to his kokum and memories of his early life in the hamlet of Joussard, Alberta, and on the Driftpile First Nation. From there, it expands to encompass the big and broken world around him, in all its complexity and contradictions: a legacy of colonial violence and the joy that flourishes in spite of it, first loves and first loves lost, sexual exploration and intimacy, and the act of writing as a survival instinct and a way to grieve. What emerges is not only a profound meditation on memory, gender, anger, shame, and ecstasy, but also the outline of a way forward. With startling honesty, and in a voice distinctly and assuredly his own, Belcourt situates his life experiences within a constellation of seminal queer texts, among which this book is sure to earn its place. Eye-opening, intensely emotional, and excessively quotable, A History of My Brief Body demonstrates over and over again the power of words to both devastate and console us.

    Original Publisher: New York, Hamish Hamilton
    Language(s): English
    ISBN: 9780735240292
    Collection(s)/Series: BC and Yukon Book Prizes 2021