Close to Spider Man: Stories

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arsenal pulp press, 2000 - Fiction - 93 pages

Close to Spider Man marks the debut of an exciting new literary talent: a collection of connected stories whose female narrators seek out lives for themselves amidst the lonely, breathtaking landscape of the Yukon. The young people in Ivan Coyote's deeply personal stories are looking to make a break from their circumstances, but the North is in their bones: so is their connections to family, friends, and acquaintances. Like the protagonist in the title story, a waitress whose attempts to help a young co-worker saddled with a lunatic father finds her running across rooftops and climbing ladders; by getting close to Spider Man, she gets closer to freedom.

Startling in their intimacy, the stories in Close to Spider Man make up a moving scrapbook of what it's like to be young and queer in the North, journeys imbued with the colours of a prescient sexuality and an honest heart.

Runner-up, Danuta Gleed Award for Short-Fiction

Now in its third printing.


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I bought this book as a discard from the young peoples section of the Claremont Berkeley Public Library. It makes me so sad they got rid of Closer To Spider Man. If I had access to a book like this ... Read full review


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\Ivan E. Coyote is a writer, storyteller, and circus performer. Her first book of short stories, Close to Spider Man, won the Danuta Gleed Award. Her second book, One Man's Trash has garnered international acclaim. She lives in Vancouver and has recently completed a CD with her band One Trick Rodeo called You're a Nation.

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