God Loves Hair
God Loves Hair is Vivek Shraya‘s first book, a collection of 21 short stories following a tender, intellectual, and curious child as he navigates complex realms of sexuality, gender, racial politics, religion, and belonging.
Told with the poignant insight and honesty that only the voice of a young mind can convey, the stories are accompanied by the award-winning illustrations of Toronto artist Juliana Neufeld.
God Loves Hair was selected as a finalist in the 2011 Lambda Literary Awards.
Also available at
- Glad Day Bookshop (Toronto)
- The Book Keeper (Sarnia)
- Venus Envy (Ottawa)
- Co-op Bookstore (Montreal)
- Little Sister’s (Vancouver)
- Ardea Books & Art (Vancouver)
- Bank Street Books (NYC)
God Loves Hair is a DIY masterpiece.
Beautifully illustrated & tenderly narrated, God Loves Hair enchants the reader from the very first page.
A touching, poetic exploration of budding sexuality, the mysticism of religion, and family dynamics.
Brian Francis, author of Fruit
Shraya’s endearing descriptions of childhood and adolescence are both humorous and heartbreaking.
Sara Quin (of Tegan and Sara)
A welcome peek into the complexities, richness, hardship, and even ‘juicy’ moments that make up a life lived not part of the majority.
Ted Kerr, Xtra and Vue Weekly columnist
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- Released 8 April 2014 (Arsenal Pulp Press edition)
Released 29 April 2010 (self-published edition)
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