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.
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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)
- Released 29 April 2010 (self-published edition)
Re-released 8 April 2014 by Arsenal Pulp Press
- 23rd Annual Lambda Literary Awards
(LGBT Children’s/Young Adult)
- #RainbowReading for Teens: 30 Books for Pride 2017
- 6 Books to Check Out on National Coming Out Day
- The Short Story Advent Calendar
- Reading Recommendations for LGBT History Month
(The Radical Notion)
- 100 YA Books that Make You Proud to Be Canadian
- Outstanding International Books, 2015
(U.S. Board on Books for Young People)
- Top 10 Multicultural Fiction for Youth, 2015
- Top 10 Religion/Spirituality Books for Youth, 2014
- Kidlit Pick, 2014 Books of the Year
(Quill & Quire) Best Books for Kids & Teens, 2014 (Canadian Children’s Book Centre)
- 2011 Rainbow Project Book List
- 2011 Over the Rainbow Book List
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.
A rich and powerful exploration of gender, sexuality, religion, race, and the desire to fit in.
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.
Shraya’s endearing descriptions of childhood and adolescence are both humorous and heartbreaking.
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.
- Gaysi Family (1, 2)
- CBC Arts
- The Origami
- Book Riot
- Canadian Literature
- 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
- Gaysi Family
- Out in Print
- What is Queer and Asian
- The New Gay
- The Coast
- FAB Magazine
- Mumbai Mirror