Fire Song

Adam Garnet Jones. . Annick, $18.95 (232p) ISBN 978-1-55451-978-1
“No one tells you how much you can hurt and still look normal on the outside,” says Shane, an 18-year-old Anishinaabe living in Canada. The rundown reservation that he calls home is at once comforting, isolating, and stifling. Shane’s younger sister Destiny’s recent suicide has prompted him to navigate his own jagged emotions. As his mother falls apart emotionally, the bright spots in Shane’s life become his secret boyfriend, David, and the thought of escaping to Toronto for college. But David doesn’t want to leave the reservation, and Shane’s lack of funds leads him to deal drugs. Jones’s striking and remarkable novel, adapted from his feature film of the same name, is tensely narrated and includes some chapters featuring Shane’s public girlfriend Tara’s diary entries and poetry. Tara doesn’t know that Shane is gay and loves him, which adds another layer of sadness and complication to the lyrical story. Jones’s intensely personal account about letting go to move forward is replete with immersive imagery of nature and bathed in darkness. Ages 14–18. (Mar.)
Reviewed on: 05/07/2018
Release date: 03/01/2018
Genre: Children's
Paperback - 232 pages - 978-1-55451-977-4
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