The Slow Fix

The Slow Fix


Book - 2008
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Shortlisted for a Lambda Literary Award (lesbian fiction)

Ivan E. Coyote is one of Canada's most acclaimed storytellers; their first three collections were insightful, deeply personal stories about gender, identity, and community. Ivan's most recent book, Bow Grip (2006), was their 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 their 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 their lifelong dread of buying tampons; and in the title story, Ivan does their best to fix what's wrong in the world by telling the homophobe in the barber's seat next to theirs to shut up.

Ivan excels at finding the small yet significant truths in our everyday gestures and interactions. By doing so, Ivan helps us to embrace not what makes us women or men, but human beings.

Publisher: Vancouver : Arsenal Pulp Press, c2008.
ISBN: 9781551522470
Branch Call Number: COYOT
Characteristics: 152 p. ; 22 cm.


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Aug 07, 2017

I really enjoyed Ivan Cayote's laid back story telling style. I also enjoyed the way the author seamlessly weaved between the male and female genders.

Oct 08, 2012

I love this book and so does my mother! :D

Jul 26, 2011

Coyote is a brilliant story-teller. Her stories are pure, uncluttered and uncomplicated… and a quick read. I was surprised to find that an author from the Yukon, living in Vancouver, had written a story about someone I knew, in a place I have been.

quagga Sep 20, 2009

Ivan Coyote is a storyteller who was raised in the Yukon and now lives in Vancouver. This is her 4th collection of short stories... or should I say "his"? Ivan addresses this question in the piece titled "Imagine a Pair of Boots."

"I have always felt this way about gender pronouns, that 'she' pinches a little and 'he' slips off me too easily. I'm often asked by well-intentioned people which pronoun I prefer, and I always say the same thing: that I don't really have a preference, that neither pronoun really fits, but thank you for asking, all the same. Then I tell them they can call it like they see it, or mix it up a little if they wish."

The stories may be familiar to you if you are a regular reader of Xtra! West, since earlier versions appeared in Coyote's Loose End column. They are always good for a chuckle and certainly worth reading more than once.

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