Category Archives: canadian

Way to Go

Tom Ryan, April 2012.  It’s the summer of 1994 and Danny’s got problems: his dad works in distant oil fields and comes home only to nag him about college; he’s not sure what he wants to do after high school; … Continue reading

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Boys of Summer

Steve Berman, ed., May 2012. This is another uneven collection of short stories from Bold Strokes, this one focusing on summer romances between young men. The standout story here is Alex Jeffers’s “Wheat, Barley, Lettuce, Fennel, Salt for Sorrow, Blood for … Continue reading

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Money Boy

Paul Yee, September 2011. Ray is a privileged Chinese-Canadian teen who struggles to hide his homosexuality from his family and friends. When his traditional, authoritarian dad checks his browser history and then throws him out of the house, Ray spends five days … Continue reading

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Boy Midflight

Charlie David, 2009.  This first novel feels autobiographical, and while I can understand the urge to fictionalize one’s life and jazz it up somewhat, I think that urge should be resisted.  Boy Midflight illustrates why: most people’s lives simply aren’t … Continue reading

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Rhythm and Blues

Jill Murray, February 2010.   Here’s a protagonist with her head on straight.  She’s part of a breakdance crew, and comfortable with her place in it – she’s not the star, not the best gymnast, just a solid performer and … Continue reading

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Timothy Carter, August 2009.  This hilarious farce tells the story of Stuart, a happily out teen in a small, Canadian, intensely Christian town. Stuart’s parents and peers don’t mind that he’s gay, but all hell breaks loose – sort of … Continue reading

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Robin Stevenson, April 2009. Dante was baptized Emily, but she doesn’t feel that the pretty, girly, old-fashioned name suits her now. Her fascination with Dante’s circles of hell leads her to choose his first name for her own, but it’s … Continue reading

Posted in 2009, canadian, gay-bashing, high school, lesbian, problem novel, queer protagonist, realistic, Robin Stevenson | Leave a comment