Eating Fire: Family Life, on the Queer Side

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Between The Lines, 2001 - Family & Relationships - 302 pages
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Eating Fire follows in the steps of Riordon's popular 1996 book Out our way, on gay and lesbian life in the country (BTL, 1996). This new set of tales examines the range in living patterns and relationships among queer families across Canada.

Eating Fire illuminates the rich diversity in which people negotiate their personal and public identities. As in all his writing and radio work, Riordon brings to this book a subtle, direct, and vivid style. For Eating Fire he travelled widely, engaging in significant new research and speaking with hundreds of fascinating people. The resulting book is wanted and needed in classrooms, within queer communities, and among everyone hungry for knowledge about the wide range of Canadian families.
 

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Contents

War and Peace and Celery
4
Dancing with Widows
6
The Hired Hand
13
Finding Home
19
Where the Boys Are
25
Ive Looked at Life from Both Sides Now
36
Mr Right
49
A Balance of Powers
61
One of the Family
148
Bumps and Bruises
153
youth org
161
Some Kindred Spirits
180
The Burden of Gravity
193
Roles in the Hay
203
A Life
206
Exodus
225

Passage to India
72
War and Peace and Bullshit
76
Family Values
85
My Son the Queen
88
My Name in the Snow
103
Modern Parenting
115
The Parental Urge
136
Out There
240
You Gotta Have a Gimmick
256
Roaming with Roxy
267
And the Walls Came Tumbling Down
277
Walks with Smudge
289
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About the author (2001)

Michael Riordon is an author and oral historian. His articles have appeared in Toronto Life, This Magazine, Xtra!, The Globe and Mail, and The New Internationalist.

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