Jonny Appleseed by Joshua WhiteheadJonny Appleseed by Joshua Whitehead

Jonny Appleseed

byJoshua Whitehead

Paperback | April 1, 2018

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WINNER, Lambda Literary Award; Georges Bugnet Award for Fiction

Finalist, Governor General's Literary Award for Fiction; Amazon Canada First Novel Award; Indigenous Voices Award; Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award; Firecracker Award for Fiction

Longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize

A Globe and Mail Best Book of the Year

A tour-de-force debut novel about a Two-Spirit Indigiqueer young man and proud NDN glitter princess who must reckon with his past when he returns home to his reserve.

"You're gonna need a rock and a whole lotta medicine" is a mantra that Jonny Appleseed, a young Two-Spirit/Indigiqueer, repeats to himself in this vivid and utterly compelling debut novel by poet Joshua Whitehead.

Off the reserve and trying to find ways to live and love in the big city, Jonny becomes a cybersex worker who fetishizes himself in order to make a living. Self-ordained as an NDN glitter princess, Jonny has one week before he must return to the "rez"--and his former life--to attend the funeral of his stepfather. The seven days that follow are like a fevered dream: stories of love, trauma, sex, kinship, ambition, and the heartbreaking recollection of his beloved kokum (grandmother). Jonny's life is a series of breakages, appendages, and linkages--and as he goes through the motions of preparing to return home, he learns how to put together the pieces of his life.

Jonny Appleseed is a unique, shattering vision of First Nations life, full of grit, glitter, and dreams.

Joshua Whitehead is an Oji-Cree/nehiyaw, Two-Spirit/Indigiqueer member of Peguis First Nation (Treaty 1). He is the author of the novel Jonny Appleseed (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2018), longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, and the poetry collection full-metal indigiqueer (Talonbooks, 2017) and the winner of the Governor General's Hist...
Title:Jonny AppleseedFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:224 pages, 8 × 5.5 × 0.6 inShipping dimensions:8 × 5.5 × 0.6 inPublished:April 1, 2018Publisher:Arsenal Pulp PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1551527251

ISBN - 13:9781551527253


Rated 5 out of 5 by from By the end of the first page, I was in love. This book hooked me and was beautiful and poetic and relatable and heartbreaking, all at once. I purchased this book primarily to support a queer Canadian author and got so much more than I expected. Whether you are queer (or not) and Canadian (or not), you will fall in love with Jonny, Tias, and Jordan. And you will come out the other side with a greater understanding of what it is to grow up queer, to grow up marginalized, to grow up without financial stability, to grow up indigenous, and a greater understanding of the universality of love.
Date published: 2018-07-14

Editorial Reviews

Every so often, a book comes along that feels like a milestone, with revolution nestled beneath every sentence, every word. Oji-Cree/nehiyaw two-spirit/Indigiqueer writer Joshua Whitehead's Jonny Appleseed is one of those books ... With its fluid structure and timelines, Jonny Appleseed creates a dream-like reading experience -- and with a narrator as wise, funny and loveable as Jonny, it's the sort of dream you don't want to wake up from. -The Globe and Mail