First Spring Grass Fire


Arsenal Pulp Press

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Customer Reviews

"This first book by Rae Spoon, a transgender indie singer-songwriter, is a candid, powerful story about a young person growing up queer in a strict Pentecostal family in Alberta.  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."

"Spare and gorgeous as the prairies until it turns, wildly, into lushness in Spoon's capable strumming hands.  I did not think we needed another 'growing up different' book, but I've never been more delighted to be proved wrong.  First Spring Grass Fire cements Spoon's reputation as a master of the lively arts."

- S. Bear Bergman, author of Butch is a Noun

"The thing about Rae Spoon's storytelling style is that it sneaks up on you: powerful and plain-spoken, but sly and subtle as well.  It wasn't until the end of many of Spoon's sentences that I realized I had just been emotionally stomach-punched, and from the side, too.  This book is brave and blasphemous, and shines just like Rae Spoon's songwriting does: beautiful, haunting words delivered by a truly one-of-a-kind voice."

- Ivan E. Coyote, author of Missed Her

"Rae Spoon is definitely more than a songwriter to swoon for; I predict that First Spring Grass Fire will be a curative for all the heartbroken kids in small towns trying to fight for their right to be who they are.  This collection of tender-hearted coming-of-age stories is an impressive literary gem."

- Zoe Whittall, author of Holding Still for as Long as Possible

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