She of the Mountains

She of the Mountains

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She of the Mountains is an illustrated novel by Vivek Shraya, the author of the Lambda Literary Award finalist God Loves Hair. Shraya weaves a passionate, contemporary love story between a man and his body, with a re-imagining of Hindu mythology. Both narratives explore the complex ways that we are formed and transformed by love, and show how the process of learning to love and be loved by another can ultimately, and sometimes painfully, bring us back to ourselves.
Publisher: Vancouver, BC : Arsenal Pulp Press, [2019]
Copyright Date: 2014
ISBN: 9781551525600
1551525607
9781551525617
1551525615
Characteristics: 149 pages : color illustrations ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Biesinger, Raymond - Illustrator

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"Vivek Shraya is an artist whose body of work crosses the boundaries of music, literature, visual art, theatre, and film. Her best-selling book I’m Afraid of Men was her­ald­ed by Vanity Fair as “cultural rocket fuel,” and her album with Queer Songbook Orchestra, Part‑Time Woman, was nominat... Read More »

Book of the Week, June 10: "In the beginning, there is no he. There is no she.” In her 2015 novel “She of the Mountains,” Vivek Shraya shares two tales of love: stories of the goddess Parvati and her beloved Shiva intertwine with those of two lovers in modern Canada. A lyrical, passionate ex... Read More »


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deborahbates
Aug 25, 2019

This is a beautiful use of prose to create art. The only issue was sometime it wasn't clear that the perspective was switching between characters. This is a small complaint because I think it was an intentional blur between their person hood.

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vonnyb
Jun 12, 2018

A powerful story, beautifully written.

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wyenotgo
Mar 20, 2017

WOW!
A remarkable piece of prose, very short but astonishingly far-reaching. A love story, a bildungsroman and a romp through Hindu mythology all rolled up into one delicious package. Elegantly illustrated with a set of clever, whimsical drawings entirely in black, white and green.

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ker0wyn
Jun 15, 2016

A bit short and meandering, but absolutely beautifully written. I love the discussion of bisexuality and not fitting in as straight OR gay.

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lintonm
Feb 23, 2015

superb read

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quagga
Nov 10, 2014

Edmonton-born author Vivek Shraya's playful exploration of queer identity layers Hindu mythology with contemporary life.

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