Ivan E. Coyote: Ivan E. Coyote is the author of five previous story collections, the most recent of which is Missed Her. Ivan is also the co-editor (with Zena Sharman) of the anthology Persistence: All Ways Butch and Femme. One of her stories appears in the anthology It Gets Better, edited by Dan Savage and Terry Miller. Originally from the Yukon, she now lives in Vancouver.
Sophisticated, earnest, plainspoken and intimate, this collection will speak to LGBTQ youth as well as straight youth, teens and adults. --Kirkus Reviews
A funny and empathetic collection of more than forty stories ...
Teenagers confronting their sexuality, or who have otehrwise felt
like outsiders, will feel as though they've gained an ally in
Coyote ... These tales of compassionate relatives, finding love,
and even the insecurities that stretch into adulthood should
provide reassurance that there is indeed life after high school.
--Publishers Weekly There are so many vital stories in
here; stories about how scary high schools still are even when
you're an adult; stories about the different ways in which we find
love; stories about boys who likes to wear dresses; stories about
the deep conundrum of what bathroom to walk into. Every story is
full of honesty, joy, warmth, pain, anger, and hope. Every story is
markedly real. I felt like I knew every character in every story,
or at least wanted to; I longed to jump into Coyote's world and
take trips to the Yukon and have long talks and hearty laughs over
coffee or alcohol. To tell stories. Scratch that; this wasn't
something I longed for, but something that I felt would be
completely natural, something that was pretty much as good as real.
And any book, any story, that makes you feel that level of comfort,
that is something special. Those are the books you never throw
away. And I'll never throw One In Every Crowd away --
except if I find a youth who needs it. Then I'll gladly hand it
over, and buy a few additional copies for their friends.
--AfterEllen.com Ivan E. Coyote knows the hearts of
teenagers. One in Every Crowd is an homage to the
outsider: to the young boy who steals his mother's lipstick, to the
girl who slip-slides in and out of gender identifications, to the
ones who can't put themselves in boxes. To the ones who cannot
abide by the binary. It is a love-touched and memory-soaked ballad
to queer youth ... One in Every Crowd is a book that
belongs in the hands of queer youth and in the hands of their
oppressors. It's a heartfelt and rich look at what it's like to be
else, to be outside, to toe the lines and then step over them. It
can teach, it can support. It's a book that will change readers,
and leave them knowing that being changed by it is a privilege.
--Lambda Literary Queer storyteller Ivan E. Coyote has
created a diverse and charming array of vignettes for anyone who
has ever fought to find who they really are. --The
Advocate The stories in this collection are stunning in every
way: unaffected, compassionate, inspirational, and, as if that
wasn't enough, achingly funny ... Great writing has the power to
enrich lives; not all writing has the power to save them.
--Quill and Quire (STARRED REVIEW)