Canadian fiction, Canadian authors (Fiction), Indigenous peoples fiction, Indigenous peoples in Canada fiction, Bestsellers (Fiction), Award winning fiction
Human-narrated audio, Human-transcribed braille
"You're gonna need a rock and a whole lotta medicine" is a mantra that Jonny Appleseed, a young Two-Spirit/Indigiqueer, repeats to himself. Off the reserve and trying to find ways to live and love in the big city, Jonny becomes… a cybersex worker who fetishizes himself in order to make a living. Self-ordained as an NDN glitter princess, Jonny has one week before he must return to the "rez"--and his former life--to attend the funeral of his stepfather. The seven days that follow are like a fevered dream: stories of love, trauma, sex, kinship, ambition, and the heartbreaking recollection of his beloved kokum (grandmother). Jonny's world is a series of breakages, appendages, and linkages--and as he goes through the motions of preparing to return home, he learns how to put together the pieces of his life. Winner of Canada Reads 2021. 2018.