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Making Love with the Land

Joshua Whitehead (CA)

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CLEO'S PICK

Joshua Whitehead is an exquisite word weaver. In this beautiful essay collection concepts of genre, the colonial writing landscape, and our lands are explored. I feel so lucky to be alive at a time where people like me get to share their words, to provide care in a world so often harmful to bodies like mine. This book is a love song, and I feel that love on every page. -CP

Much-anticipated non-fiction from the author of the Giller-longlisted, GG-shortlisted and Canada Reads-winning novel Jonny Appleseed.

In the last few years, following the publication of his debut novel Jonny Appleseed, Joshua Whitehead has emerged as one of the most exciting and important new voices on Turtle Island. Now, in this first non-fiction work, Whitehead brilliantly explores Indigeneity, queerness, and the relationships between body, language and land through a variety of genres (essay, memoir, notes, confession). Making Love with the Land is a startling, heartwrenching look at what it means to live as a queer Indigenous person "in the rupture" between identities. In sharp, surprising, unique pieces—a number of which have already won awards—Whitehead illuminates this particular moment, in which both Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples are navigating new (and old) ideas about "the land." He asks: What is our relationship and responsibility towards it? And how has the land shaped our ideas, our histories, our very bodies?
 
Here is an intellectually thrilling, emotionally captivating love song—a powerful revelation about the library of stories land and body hold together, waiting to be unearthed and summoned into word.

Hardcover || 232 pages || 5.62" x 8.25"