Jess is sixteen and aware that she is in an impossible position — being the homosexual daughter of the president of the Mennonite college. She hits the road in search of a language and the freedom to speak it. On the train to Winnipeg she is found by Freya, Icelandic princess of her dreams. Halfsteinn, fisherman and expert in the fine art of hand-rolling cigarettes, enters Jess’ life, helping her escape emotional captivity. Jess embraces pothead, videogame-playing housemates in the world away from her Mennonite being. Then, she meets Shea. Jess can barely utter the name—afraid of the word, the woman, the possibility, and her own past.
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Somewhere Else is a beautiful and powerfully affecting book. I love Jan Braun’s writing and I absolutely admire her courage and grace.
|Pages||196 pp (Paper)|
|Dimensions||5.5″ × 8.5″ × 0.5″|
Jennifer Pawluk, in The Uniter writes:
As a work of prairie literature, Somewhere Else is sure to stand out. Jess Klassen is clearly the powerful product of a very powerful landscape. Identity; it’s what we all strive for, to know exactly where we stand. And Braun has certainly established herself as an up-and-coming Canadian writer with this book.