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Jonny Appleseed por Joshua Whitehead
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Jonny Appleseed (edição 2018)

por Joshua Whitehead (Autor)

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Off the reserve and trying to find ways to live and love in the big city, Jonny Appleseed, a young Two-Spirit/Indigiqueer, becomes a cybersex worker who fetishizes himself in order to make a living. Jonny's world is a series of breakages, appendages, and linkages - and as he goes through the motions of preparing to return home for his step-father's funeral, he learns how to put together the pieces of his life. Jonny Appleseed is a unique, shattering vision of Indigenous life, full of grit, glitter, and dreams.… (mais)
Membro:Judebird
Título:Jonny Appleseed
Autores:Joshua Whitehead (Autor)
Informação:Arsenal Pulp Press (2018), 224 pages
Colecções:A sua biblioteca
Avaliação:***1/2
Etiquetas:My Canadian library, from Brenda, 2021 Canada Reads selection, Two-spirited, indigenous, novel, graphic sex

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This book won the 2021 Canada Reads debate and I think it was the right book to choose for that accolade. It is well written, it has an interesting story and it is a book that will make everyone who reads it think about what it means to be indigenous in this country and particularly what it means to be LGBTQ+. This summer which has shown us how many children who went to residential schools didn't make it out of them is, I believe, a watershed in settler/indigenous reconciliation. However, those people who are survivors of the residential school system had a profound impact on how their descendants exist in this country and reconciliation with them has to be a primary goal for every Canadian.

Jonny Appleseed grew up on the Peguis First Nation in Manitoba. It is the largest First Nation community in Manitoba and consists of people of Ojibway and Cree descent. Jonny knew from a young age that he was gay. Some people teased him about his behaviour but those who were important to him, his mother and his grandmother (Kokum), supported him. His best friend and occasional lover, Tias, was also an important source of support but Tias denied he was gay and had a girlfriend as well. When his Kokum died Jonny was deeply depressed for days and Tias helped him get back on his feet. When Jonny decided to move to Winnipeg Tias and his girlfriend helped him move. Jonny earns his living in Winnipeg by arranging (mostly virtual) sex encounters with other men. His earnings don't give him an elaborate lifestyle but he does manage to pay his rent, buy food and get the occasional bottle of liquor or hit of drugs. He hasn't been home to Peguis for some time but he has just received word that his stepfather has died and he needs to get home to support his mother. So he needs to earn extra money fast which he does by scheduling back to back sexual encounters. As he does this we learn about his past in Peguis and his present in Winnipeg. It couldn't be considered an ideal life but it is what works for Jonny. He is a survivor and by the end of the book we know he will be okay.

I am looking forward to seeing more from Joshua Whitehead. This book has the feel of a memoir but the moments of grace of poetry. I'll bet he has more to show us. ( )
  gypsysmom | Jul 2, 2021 |
Jonny Appleseed is an Indiqueer native who grew up on a reservation and now lives mostly in Winnipeg, where he makes money as needed as a Cam Guy.

The story shifts backward and forward--Jonny growing up on the reservation, his close relationship with his kokum, his best friend/love interest Tias, his mother, his stepfather Roger. His coming to terms with his sexuality and those that accepted it (kokum, Tias) and those that did not (Roger, boys at school). Then we have Jonny in Winnipeg, working, struggling with being native in Winnipeg, his friends Tias and Jordan. No matter where he is, he does not quite fit in. On the res, he is teased and harassed for being queer. In Winnipeg his is teased and harassed for being native. Now, he is trying to make enough cash to get home for his stepfather's funeral.

I listened on audio, and the author narrated. This book is told in first person, and it was odd to listen to, to try to separate the character from the author. It is very much bittersweet--Jonny was a happy kid, and he could be a happy adult if he could find a place he fits. He struggles with his identities (queer and native). His larger circle of friends and best clients in Winnipeg are native, Indian (from India), and Filipino--and none quite fit in to mainstream society due to their color and accents. On the res, it is his queer identity that is not fully accepted. As he shifts back and forth, I felt his despair at possibly losing Tias, at wanting to be home but not having fully found home. ( )
  Dreesie | Mar 27, 2021 |
Jonny Appleseed is a Two Spirited Aboriginal growing up on a Manitoba reserve. He is loved and accepted by his mother and grandmother, and by his best friend -- a boy named Tias. Other people are less accepting, especially men. Jonny moves to Winnipeg after high school where he works as a cyber-sex worker.

We learn Jonny's story in a non-linear fashion -- and this is a case where that kind of timeline really works. It built my understanding of Jonny layer by layer and I was able to see him as a whole person. I started this book with some trepidation, wondering if I'd find any connection to the characters. And I ended it being really moved by Jonny's story.

Joshua Whitehead is a great writer -- and he's just gained a new fan. ( )
  LynnB | Mar 2, 2021 |
I can see why Joshua Whitehead has had the success he's had as a published poet - he has a beautiful way with words. This story, of a Canadian First Nation two-spirited boy and his life journey so far - up to the point of the death of his step-father, is in parts humorous, touching, beautiful and explicit.

Johnny Appleseed discovers his queerness early on, and finds that his grandma (his Kokum) and his mother are already well aware of his two-spiritedness and deal with it matter of factly. His stepfather and many of the others on the "rez" are not so accepting. Johnny develops a relationship with another boy, Tias, who he remains close to throughout the book. Tias has his own story that also comes out in the book as he reveals himself to Johnny. Eventually Johnny moves away from the reservation into the city and begins working as a cybersex worker. He returns home as the book ends to take part in his step-father's funeral. The story is told as several smaller stories, not strung together chronologically but more or less thematically.

The book is frank in its depiction of sex, which may be a turn-off for some, but the way Joshua writes, even about the sex, is fantastic. It's as if your close friend is sitting you down and honestly telling you all about themself and how they got where they are today. You really do feel that you've come to know Johnny that well by the time the book ends.

This book was suggested to me through the Libby app as a Librarian's Choice for Pride Month.

I listened to the audiobook, read by the author. He did a great job narrating too. ( )
  stevrbee | Nov 7, 2020 |
Adored it. Full video review to come! ( )
  lydia1879 | Feb 1, 2020 |
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Off the reserve and trying to find ways to live and love in the big city, Jonny Appleseed, a young Two-Spirit/Indigiqueer, becomes a cybersex worker who fetishizes himself in order to make a living. Jonny's world is a series of breakages, appendages, and linkages - and as he goes through the motions of preparing to return home for his step-father's funeral, he learns how to put together the pieces of his life. Jonny Appleseed is a unique, shattering vision of Indigenous life, full of grit, glitter, and dreams.

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