Everybody always says I look just like him. Every once in a while my grandmother hauls out the second oldest photo album from her closet and opens it on the kitchen table, next to the cut crystal...
The Slow Fix
Shortlisted for a Lambda Literary Award (lesbian fiction)
Ivan E. Coyote is one of Canada's most acclaimed storytellers; her first three collections were insightful, deeply personal stories about gender, identity, and community. Ivan's most recent book, Bow Grip (2006), was her first novel; it won the ReLit Award, was shortlisted for the Ferro-Grumley Fiction Prize in the US, and was named a Stonewall Honor Book by the American Library Association.
With The Slow Fix, Ivan returns to her short story roots in a collection that is disarming, warm, and funny while at the same time subverting our pre-conceived notions of gender roles. In "By Any Other Name," Ivan gets into some serious male bonding with her Uncle Rob; in "The Curse?" a cousin's stepdaughter helps her to overcome her lifelong dread of buying tampons; and in the title story, she does her best to fix what's wrong in the world by telling the homophobe in the barber's seat next to hers to shut up.
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.
Now in its second printing!
There are many good reasons to live in Ottawa, including ice skating on the Rideau Canal, concerts at the National Arts Centre, and easy access to the cosmopolitan pleasures of Montreal, just a couple hours’ drive away. But even the promise of a teaching job at Carleton University couldn’t keep Ivan E. Coyote in Eastern Canada.
Ivan E. Coyote loves to mess with gender identity in her stories, but she is also capable of telling a heartbreaking tale of personal loss.