***CANADA BOOK AWARD WINNER*** ***IPPY AWARDS SILVER MEDAL, CANADA-EAST BEST REGIONAL NONFICTION CATEGORY** ***BEST ATLANTIC-PUBLISHED BOOK AWARD FINALIST*** ***MARGARET AND JOHN SAVAGE FIRST BOOK AWARD - NON-FICTION FINALIST***
On July 2, 2015, influential social activist Gemma Hickey began a 908-kilometer walk across the island of Newfoundland to raise awareness and funds for survivors of religious institutional abuse. Almost Feral celebrates the community of support that gathered around this journey and recounts Hickey’s remarkable story of self-discovery which led to the realization that they are transgender. In this thought-provoking and wide-ranging autobiography, Hickey counters memories of sexual assault, bullying, and depression with inspiring reflections on faith, love, family, individual and communal identity, sex, gender, and acceptance. Through complex feelings of empathy and solitude, weakness and strength, suffering and recovery, Gemma Hickey’s Almost Feral chronicles a journey from one side of an island to the other side of personal identity—charting an unknown territory where one’s body becomes the map that leads to home.
"Witty, frank and insightful, Hickey’s writing is also passionate and thorough in defining and defending sexual orientation and same sex or transgender rights... As well it is a thorough exploration of identities, how they are framed, imposed and self-constructed... Almost Feral is a layered, revealing and rewarding memoir (and nicely designed, too; love those landscape-imprinted pages)."