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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Arsenal Pulp Press; Reprint edition (March 1 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1551525437
  • ISBN-13: 978-1551525433
  • Product Dimensions: 12.4 x 0.8 x 20.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #174,611 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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God Loves Hair is a DIY masterpiece. ― (

A touching poetic exploration of budding sexuality, the mysticism of religion, and family dynamics. Shraya's text and Neufeld's illustrations capture the confusion, innocence, and delusions of adolescence bang on. ―Brian Francis, author of Fruit (Brian Francis)

This impressive collection of stories made me think about the senseless shearing of my own lovely locks when I was four years old. Of course, in my case, it was not to please God, just an expression of gender confusion. Shraya's endearing descriptions of childhood and adolescence are both humorous and heartbreaking. I wish we had know one another during those unforgiving and difficult times, I think we could have taken comfort in growing our hair and ourselves out together. ―Sara Quin (of Tegan and Sara) (Sara Quin)

Shraya's book is a welcome peek into the complexities, richness, hardship, and even 'juicy' moments that make up a life lived not part of the majority. In our supposed melting pot but definitely heterosexist culture, growing up brown, soft and sissy isn't easy. In clear form and simple language, Shraya doesn't shy away from telling us how hard it was, but he doesn't keep the good stuff from us either. God loves a good storyteller, God must love Vivek.
―Ted Kerr (Xtra and Vue Weekly columnist) (Ted Kerr)

Vivek's book describes growing up queer in a Hindu family in Alberta and his own struggle to reconcile his family's expectations, his own coming-of-queerness, and navigating spaces that don't wholly accept you for yourself-or your tween unibrow. ―Toronto Public Library (Toronto Public Library)

A lovely collection of short stories ... Shraya's stories navigate the complexities of sexuality, gender, racial difference, religious belief, and ways of belonging. ―CM Magazine (CM Magazine)

The thread of Hindu spirituality throughout the funny, heart-wrenching and beautiful prose makes it a soulful read without being the least dogmatic. ―Xtra (Xtra 2014-03-27)

The strength of this collection lies not in asking you to feel pity, sympathy, love, anger, revulsion, sadness, or a familiar nostalgia, but rather it lies in an easy trust that readers will be able to return to a place of childhood learning, a place of disappointment and loss, discovery and revelation-a place filled with the minute details of growing up painfully, little by little, and then suddenly, all at once. ―Lemonhound (Lemonhound 2014-03-28)

A rich and powerful exploration of gender, sexuality, religion, race, and the desire to fit in ... Teens will relate to this honest and creative chronicle of one young man's journey toward self-acceptance, and the book will undoubtedly help those struggling with similar issues. Readers will come back to it again and again, finding new meaning and drawing new connections each time. ―Quill and Quire (STARRED REVIEW) (Quill and Quire 2014-06-05)

A book for all ages, God Loves Hair will be especially welcomed by contemporary genderqueer youth and twentysomethings who will see themselves in these vividly realized pages. ―Booklist (STARRED REVIEW) (Booklist 2014-07-11)

About the Author

Vivek Shraya is the author of the young-adult collection God Loves Hair, the novel She of the Mountains, the poetry book even this page is white, and the children's picture book (with Rajni Perera) The Boy & the Bindi (all published by Arsenal Pulp Press), as well as What I Love About Being QUEER. She was the 2014 recipient of the Steinert & Ferreiro Award for leadership in Toronto's LGBTQ community, the recipient of Anokhi Media's inaugural Most Promising LGBTQ Community Crusader Award in 2015, a 2015 Toronto Arts Foundation Emerging Artist Award finalist, and a 2015 recipient of the Writers' Trust of Canada's Dayne Ogilvie Prize Honour of Distinction. Originally from Edmonton, she now lives in Toronto.

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