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Charles Shirriff

Spirits of a Feather

Spirits of a Feather
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Published by iUniverse.com
Dec. 1999/Apr. 2001
ISBN: 1-58348-547-3
Spirits of a Feather is a fact-based novel which follows the adventures of Jay, a teenager who heads south to escape the isolation of his dysfunctional family in the wilderness of northern Canada. Winnipeg, the capital city of Manitoba, becomes the locale for Jay's experiences with the gay community, the occult, native shamanism, the drug culture, vegetarianism and a rich girlfriend. Through his experiences with his friends and the acceptance of two older men, Jay matures from the egocentricity of youth to a burgeoning social conscience as he learns to cope with his homophobic feelings and the challenges of his new world. The nineteen vegetarian recipes included in the appendix are designed to be nourishing and enjoyable for nonvegetarians as well as vegetarians. www.shirriff.org
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Adventure , Contemporary , Ethnic , Gay/Lesbian , General , Mainstream , Multicultural , New Age , Occult , Young Adult
 
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From: Charles Shirriff (bill.shirriff@gmail.com) 2002-08-17

Review from B&N.com: - - - Spirits of a Feather by Shirriff is a book I recently finished reading and that I really liked. It is the story of Jay, a young boy who leaves home because he canít take the abuse anymore and heads off for the big city (in this case, Winnipeg). He has $11 in his pocket and nowhere to go. He is incredibly naive and (lucky for him) meets Phil who takes him in and begins the process of teaching Jay to open his mind and grow. Jayís experiences with the gay community, vegetarianism, a native shaman, drug dealers, a medium and the family of his rich girlfriend teach him about the varieties of life and people and help him to heal his own prejudices and find his own way in the world; seeing people and not labels and stereotypes and exploring his own identity. I liked this book because I have known a lot of Jays in this world - full of pain, ignorance and anger and I really enjoyed the characters his path crosses. I like to see stories of growth and release from our demons. - Wind Dancer