She of the Mountains

By (author): Vivek Shraya

Illustrated by: Raymond Biesinger

A “Globe 100” Best Book of the Year (The Globe and Mail)

Lambda Literary Award finalist

In the beginning, there is no he. There is no she.

Two cells make up one cell. This is the mathematics behind creation. One plus one makes one. Life begets life. We are the period to a sentence, the effect to a cause, always belonging to someone. We are never our own.

This is why we are so lonely.

She of the Mountains is a beautifully rendered 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 complexities of embodiment and the damaging effects that policing gender and sexuality can have on the human heart.

The illustrations are by Raymond Biesinger, whose work has appeared in such publications as The New Yorker and the New York Times.

AUTHOR

Vivek Shraya

Ness Lee is an illustrator/artist based in Toronto. Her illustrations have been chosen for award publications such as American Illustration 35 and the Society of Illustrators 57 and she has exhibited her works at galleries in Toronto, New York, Boston and Tokyo. She graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design with a Bachelors of Design degree in Illustration. She has continued to explore her practice using a wide range of mediums such as ceramics, drawing, painting, and mixed media sculpture.

AUTHOR

Raymond Biesinger

Raymond Biesinger is an acclaimed Montréal artist whose work has been published in the New Yorker, the Guardian, and Time magazine.

Reviews

A cathartic tale simply told. –The Globe and Mail (“The Globe 100”)
She of the Mountains is a treatise to epic love. Shraya’s prose is deft and lyrical, and shape-shifts like his characters’ bodies and desires – both otherworldly and human. This is a book that is full of heart, and mine sank and lifted with each turn of the page. -Farzana Doctor, author of Six Metres of Pavement and Stealing Nasreen
She of the Mountains is a wonderfully textured book that knows better than to offer hasty answers about identity – rather Shraya draws us into a series of highly poetic and hyper-intimate scenes that allows us to feel and explore for ourselves.
-Amber Dawn, author of Sub Rosa and How Poetry Saved My Life
Vivek’s latest – and most beautiful – work is a truly remarkable, mesmerizing journey. I feel like I’ve uncovered a whole other side to him. One of the brightest new writing talents to come out of Canada.
-Tegan Quin, of Tegan and Sara
She of the Mountains weaves together a young man’s journey with Hindu mythology, creating a sophisticated and whimsical tale — a poignant capturing of the search for wholeness, whether on a human or superhuman level. -Shyam Selvadurai, author of The Hungry Ghosts
Given the intersection of Vivek Shraya’s writing and his music up till now, it should come as no surprise that his newest book is an equally compelling fusion of stories, voices, and textures. She of the Mountains is a touching and transporting prose-poem that has a music all its own. -Rakesh Satyal, author of Blue Boy
Vivek Shraya’s intimate novel weaves together a contemporary love story with Hindu mythology, incorporating strikingly bold illustrations from Raymond Biesinger. This is a book for readers who want to be taken on an artistic ride. –The Advocate
She of the Mountains is a forthright, honest, damned sexy book written, gleefully and counter-intuitively, in a lyrical, epic, transcendent style. It is not your typical debut novel, but rather one ripped apart at the spine and then reconfigured via alchemy, Tantric mysticism, the open verse of social media, and pure, raw talent. Sensual, smart (and smart-assed), She of the Mountains is the beginning of something big, bold, and – hold your purse! – glamorous. -R.M. Vaughan, author of Compared To Hitler
The Hindu gods, with their constantly shifting personas and manifestations, add a clever and thoughtful layer to the novel and highlight the intricacies and power of a love that eclipses gender, time, and conventions. Strikingly illustrated by Raymond Biesinger, this is a lyrical ode to love in all its many forms. –Publishers Weekly
Vivek Shraya seamlessly blends a lyrical interpretation of Hindu mythology with a contemporary coming-of-age tale … Studded with abstract illustrations by Raymond Biesinger, Shraya’s book is accessible, yet complex. There is the sense that what he achieves with She of the Mountains is so new, we don’t have the proper language to articulate its success. The ultimate hope is that this work will pave the way for more of its ilk, and provide this country and culture with a robust look at identity and its inherent fluidity. –Quill and Quire (STARRED REVIEW)

Awards

  • Lambda Literary Award 2015, Short-listed
  • Excerpts & Samples ×
    There are no other resources for this book.

    Reader Reviews

    Details

    Dimensions:

    152 Pages
    8.00in * 5.50in * 0.34in
    0.59lb
    .59lb

    Published:

    July 23, 2014

    Publisher:

    Arsenal Pulp Press

    ISBN:

    9781551525600

    Book Subjects:

    FICTION / LGBTQ+ / Gay

    Featured In:

    Pride Reads

    Language:

    eng

    No author posts found.

    Related Blog Posts

    There are no posts with this book.

    Other books by Raymond Biesinger