Oh, Ivan E. Coyote. First I must tell the story. You see, at some point I was regularly going to poetry slams, but I was a little iffy about going one night. Then I heard the feature was by someone called "Ivan E. Coyote" and I didn't bother to go, because it was just some random guy I hadn't heard of before, right? Wrong! My other friends went and told me that not only a) Ivan E. Coyote is a lesbian, not some random guy, but also b) that she was amazing
. They bought her books and I flipped through them and loved them. I have always regretted not going that night. Later, I went on a trip to Portland and went to Powell's and found signed copies of her books but couldn't get any because I had literally 0 dollars to spend. All in all, a very painful experience. But story complete, moving on.Bow Grip
! Synopsis: Bow Grip is Ivan E. Coyote's first novel (as opposed to her collections of short stories). It is about this guy, Joey, whose wife left him for another guy in town's wife. His a-little-overbearing mother thinks he should either get a hobby or go on Prozac, he's sort of lost in his own life, and he for some reason just agreed to trade some guy a car for a cello even though he's a mechanic and not exactly the musical type. The bulk of the book is him taking a bit of a trip to the big city (Calgary) to go drop off the rest of his ex-wife's stuff with her and her girlfriend, try to learn to play the cello, and maybe gather his life back together again.
I loved this book. I wasn't sure what to expect, as a mechanic guy in a small town isn't my usual choice of protagonist, but it was beautifully done. Coyote introduces wonderful, nuanced characters. Her depictions of the complexity of relationships were what really sold me, and Joey turns out to be a very easy to relate to character. It's one of those books that just describes that weird way human beings interact so well. Highly recommended.