First Spring Grass Fire

First Spring Grass Fire

Book - 2012
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Perseus Publishing
Transgender indie electronica singer-songwriter Rae Spoon has six albums to their credit, including 2012’s I Can’t Keep All of Our Secrets. This first book by Rae (who uses "they" as a pronoun) is a candid, powerful story about a young person growing up queer in a strict Pentecostal family in rural Canada.

The narrator attends church events and Billy Graham rallies faithfully with their family before discovering the music that becomes their salvation and means of escape. As their father's schizophrenia causes their parents' marriage to unravel, the narrator finds solace and safety in the company of their siblings, in their nascent feelings for a girl at school, and in their growing awareness that they are not the person their parents think they are. With a heart as big as the prairie sky, this is a quietly devastating, heart-wrenching coming-of-age book about escaping dogma, surviving abuse, finding love, and risking everything for acceptance.

Rae Spoon lives in Montreal, Quebec.

Transgendered musician and writer Rae Spoon’s memoir about growing up queer in a strict Pentecostal family in rural Canada.

Publisher: Vancouver : Arsenal Pulp Press, c2012
Description: 137 p. ; 21 cm
ISBN: 9781551524801
Branch Call Number: Spoo


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May 28, 2013

From the Griff, at MacEwan University, Doug Johnson explains the memoir to fiction element of this book.
"Though the book is rooted in Spoon’s experience, and the first-person narrator is named Rae, the author carefully defines it as fiction."
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I have had the pleasure of meeting this artist, and they are incredibly talented, both in their writing, and singing. Totally worth the time to invest in their music and their stories. Inspiring to say the least! And Rae is also just a very genuine, kind and funny soul.

May 28, 2013

This is more memoir or autobiography and should not be in the fiction section.

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