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Fiction Short Stories (single Author)

One Man's Trash


by (author) Ivan Coyote

Arsenal Pulp Press
Initial publish date
Apr 2002
Short Stories (single author), Lesbian
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Apr 2002
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In Close to Spider Man--which won a Danuta Gleed Literary Award--readers were introduced to the crystalline storytelling voice of Ivan Coyote. The talent evident in that first collection is confirmed with One Man's Trash, a series of connected stories about searching out new frontiers, and being on the road.

The characters in One Man's Trash make evident the child in all of us, when heroes and superheroes won the day. Tales of being on the road: to the northern tundra or the southern desert, through cities and towns, on horses, in trucks and vans, with friends, family, and lovers.

This is a collection of journeys, adventures, and quests. The moral of these stories is that the games people play are not much different than those played by children. In achingly personal tones, Ivan E. Coyote paints beautiful and honest portraits of life, the road, and the spirits within.

Now in its second printing

About the author

Ivan Coyote is the award-winning author, co-author or co-editor of eleven books, including Tomboy Survival Guide, shortlisted for the Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Nonfiction Prize and an American Library Association Stonewall Honor Book. They are also the creator of four short films as well as three CDs that combine storytelling with music. Ivan is a seasoned stage performer and an audience favourite at storytelling, literary, film, and folk music festivals. Their latest book is Rebent Sinner. Ivan lives in Vancouver.

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Editorial Reviews

One Man's Trash is certainly a collection that I will treasure for a long time to come.
-Lambda Book Report

Lambda Book Report

. . .with just a few brief strokes, Ivan E. Coyote entertains us; she moves us and makes us think. And she always leaves us wanting more.
-Books in Canada

Books in Canada

. . . Coyote is to CanLit what k.d. lang is to country music: a beautifully odd fixture.
-Ottawa X Press

Ottawa Xpress

The stories are imbued with a deep-felthonesty, the kind that doesn't need to indulge in 'woe is me' self-reference. . .


. . . it's very easy to go with Coyote's flow. There's something weirdly comfortable about being in her narrative orbit even though she happily operates on the fringe.
-NOW Magazine


. . . beautifully written. . .
->Outline Magazine

Outline Magazine

. . . razor sharp. . .
-BC Bookworld

BC Bookworld

. . . I found myself seduced by her experiences. . .
-Girlfriends Magazine

Girlfriends Magazine

You know you've read too many overwrought, over-workshopped stories when it comes as a shock to hear the sound of a human voice simply telling a tale in prose.
-The Vancouver Sun

Vancouver Sun

[A] must-read collection of short stories. . .
-Hour Magazine

Hour Magazine

. . . a pure, honest style that pulls the reader in. . .


It's simply a small treasure of storytelling existence.
-Quill & Quire

Quill & Quire

I strongly recommend this book. . .
-Broken Pencil

Broken Pencil

With this collection, Coyote confirms that she's a literate, funny person. . .
-The Georgia Straight

Georgia Straight

[Ivan] proves to be a natural-born storyteller.
-The Globe and Mail

The Globe & Mail

Where other authors would tend towards either a victim mentality or almost mindless anger at their situations, Coyote's understated wit and almost "down home" feel come through well.
-Gay People's Chronicle


Without question, the stories are enjoyable, and Coyote's persona is attractive.


What makes Coyote's stories special--her humour, her humanity, her talent for sketching the bizarre in the everyday--soars beyond cliche.
-Toronto Star

Toronto Star

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