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.
A book for all ages, this will be especially welcomed by contemporary genderqueer youth and twentysomethings, who will see themselves in these vividly realized pages.
Booklist (starred review)
A rich and powerful exploration of gender, sexuality, religion, race, and the desire to fit in.
Quill and Quire (starred review)
Shraya’s stripped-down prose has documentary force, and Neufeld’s illustrations, with their intersecting planes of translucent color and their linoleum block-style images, add humor and bite. It’s an important addition to the library of coming-out literature.
Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Shraya’s endearing descriptions of childhood and adolescence are both humorous and heartbreaking.
Sara Quin (Tegan and Sara)
Running the emotional spectrum from shame to pleasure and acceptance, Shraya offers a refreshing window into the intimate struggles of youth.
A touching, poetic exploration of budding sexuality, the mysticism of religion, and family dynamics.
Brian Francis, (Fruit)
- Applied Arts Award for Illustration
- South Asia Book Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature (Honour Book)
23rd Annual Lambda Literary Awards (LGBT Children’s/Young Adult)
- 100 YA Books that Make You Proud to Be Canadian — CBC Books
- Outstanding International Books, 2015 — U.S. Board on Books for Young People
- Top 10 Multicultural Fiction for Youth, 2015 — Booklist
- Top 10 Religion and Spirituality Books for Youth, 2014 — Booklist
- Best Books for Kids & Teens, 2014 — Canadian Children’s Book Centre
- Kidlit Pick, 2014 Books of the Year — Quill & Quire
- The American Library Association’s 2011 Rainbow Project
and Over the Rainbow book lists
- Beyond Hanky Code
- Asian American Literature Fans
- ALA GLBT Round Table
- South Charlotte Weekly
- The Gazette
- Cite Something!
- Plenitude Magazine
- Open Book Toronto
- Bookish Ardour
- Lemon Hound
- Daily Xtra
- CM Magazine
- Toronto Public Library
- Lindy Reads
- Crazy Quilts
- Revel & Riot
- Out in Print
- What is Queer and Asian
- The New Gay
- Gaysi Family (2)
- The Coast
- FAB Magazine
- Mumbai Mirror
Interviews with Vivek
- Out Magazine
- CBC DNTO Podcast (MP3)
- South Asian Generation Next
- Lambda Literary
- Mid Day
- Masala Canada
- Gaysi Family
Read the epilogue
- Released 29 April 2010 (self-published edition)
Re-released 8 April 2014 by Arsenal Pulp Press
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