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Bottle Rocket Hearts

by Zoe Whittall

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list price: $9.99
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category: Fiction
published: April 2007
ISBN:9781770860070
publisher: Cormorant Books
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Welcome to ’90s Montreal. It’s been five years since the OKA crisis and the sex garage riots; the queers are rioting against assimilation, cocktail AIDS drugs are starting to work, and the city walls on either side of the Main are spray-painted with the words YES or NO. Revolution seems possible to eighteen-year-old Eve, who is pining to get out of her parent’s house in Dorval and find a girl who wants to kiss her back. She meets Della: ten years older, mysterious, defiantly non-monogamous, and an avid separatist. Their explosive beginning and volatile relationship paves a path for the personal and political to collide on the night of the referendum.

About the Author

Zoe Whittall’s third novel, The Best Kind of People, was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, was named Indigo’s #1 Book of 2016, and is being adapted for film by director Sarah Polley. Whittall won a 2018 Canadian Screen Award for Best Writing in a Variety or Sketch Comedy Program with the team from The Baroness von Sketch Show. She has also written for Schitt's Creek, among other shows. Her second novel, Holding Still for as Long as Possible, won a Lambda Literary Award, and her first novel, Bottle Rocket Hearts, is now being adapted into a limited series for television. Her short fiction and arts criticism have appeared in Granta, The Walrus, the Believer, Cosmonauts, Hazlitt, and others, and she has published three volumes of poetry.

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Awards
  • Commended, CBC Canada Reads Top 10
  • Winner, Dayne Ogilvie Prize
Editorial Reviews

“An achingly good read, bringing moments of joy to the reader along with heartache and sorrow … full of sarcasm, name-dropping and style punctuated with a queer, feminist twist … This book comes alive for the reader and is a lovely coming-of-age story for women to reflect on and perhaps even relate to their daughters.”

— The Calgary Herald

“Even with heavy themes of loss, Bottle Rocket Hearts is a fun romp through Montreal’s 1990s counterculture.”

— Montreal Gazette

Bottle Rocket Hearts is about coming of age, identity, politics, the nature of love and who constitutes family. Anyone who is different in any way will relate … Whittall’s background as a poet shines in every paragraph. Her poetic voice hits hard and with beauty … Bottle Rocket Hearts is a compelling story told by a writer skilled in her craft. It leaves me wanting more.”

— The Vancouver Sun

“Whittall is quicky carving out a place for queers on the esoteric bookshelves of Canadian literature … a post-riot grrl coming-of-age tale, Bottle Rocket Hearts … makes reliving the decay of adolescence bearable – enjoyable even. Combining queercore, sexuality, and politics, Whittall licks every last ounce of icing from the sugary layer cake of first heartbreak, while savoring the potent ingredient of self-deprication. This Toronto-based writer isn’t just witty, she gets it.”

— Bitch

Bottle Rocket Hearts brings to mind Jeanette Winterson circa Written on the Body with an adolescent, punk-tinged flare. This is a believable, flesh and blood narrator whose flaws make her all the more enduring.”

— Matrix

Bottle Rocket Hearts, the debut novel from Zoe Whittall, is a coming-of-age tale that goes down like a cherry popsicle. It’s a delicious, bright suburban delicacy melting in the inner-city sun.”

— NOW Magazine

“The novel is a well-constructed and well-written queer urban twist on the Bildungsroman … There is no doubt that Zoe Whittall has a poet’s heart. She doesn’t indulge in long, flowy passages, but tosses out seemingly careless lines with aplomb.”

— Herizons

“Whittall’s writing is evocative, youthful and raw.”

— Eye Weekly

“Poppy, absorbing and subversive … A short, snappy tale of youth slumming, first love and its nasty symptoms.”

— ffwd

“Assured, gripping and sincere … [Whittall’s] characters are richly detailed and wonderfully, quirkily vibrant … The people in this book jump out of the pages and into your heart. Bottle Rocket Hearts is a delightful novel whose characters will stay in my thoughts for a long time to come.”

— Xtra!

“Zoe Whittall might just possibly be the cockiest, brashest, funniest, toughest, most life-affirming, elegant, scruffy, no-holds-barred writer to emerge from Montreal since Mordecai Richler … Bottle Rocket Hearts is a major statement about lessening unhappiness by overcoming the small dishonesties that creep into everyday life.”

— The Globe and Mail

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Queer Joy Ride

This is a fun romp, sometimes sexy, often funny, always relateable.
I liked it! I liked her style of writing and the way I often stopped and said, "hey, me too."
Good history of Quebec referendum.

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