Somewhere Else: A Novel

Somewhere Else A Novel Jess is sixteen and aware that she is in an impossible position being the homosexual daughter of the president of the Mennonite college She hits the road in search of a language and the freedom to spe

  • Title: Somewhere Else: A Novel
  • Author: Jan Guenther Braun
  • ISBN: 9781894037
  • Page: 243
  • Format: Paperback
  • Jess is sixteen and aware that she is in an impossible position being the homosexual daughter of the president of the Mennonite college She hits the road in search of a language and the freedom to speak it On the train to Winnipeg she is found by Freya, Icelandic princess of her dreams Halfsteinn, fisherman and expert in the fine art of hand rolling cigarettes, entersJess is sixteen and aware that she is in an impossible position being the homosexual daughter of the president of the Mennonite college She hits the road in search of a language and the freedom to speak it On the train to Winnipeg she is found by Freya, Icelandic princess of her dreams Halfsteinn, fisherman and expert in the fine art of hand rolling cigarettes, enters Jess life, helping her escape emotional captivity Jess embraces pothead, videogame playing housemates in the world away from her Mennonite being Then, she meets Shea Jess can barely utter the name afraid of the word, the woman, the possibility, and her own past.

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    2 thoughts on “Somewhere Else: A Novel

    1. Jan Guenther Braun Is a well-known author, some of his books are a fascination for readers like in the Somewhere Else: A Novel book, this is one of the most wanted Jan Guenther Braun author readers around the world.

    2. There's something beautiful about immersing yourself in a book that will most likely never be on Oprah's book Club, a book that won't be read by millions, or become a classic. There is a certain intimacy that goes along with a book like this. I found this book in a city a thousand miles from home, in a random bookstore in that city's downtown. By chance my finger fell upon the spine of this book and I knew I wasn't going to leave without it. Something about the cover and my surroundings made it [...]

    3. I don't normally read fiction but this was written by a friend.I thought it was fantastic. I'm biased because of acquaintance, because I love stories with gay protagonists, and simply because the story is partially set in my newly adopted home of Winnipeg.I read it in 2 days, it flowed so well. There were times I reread sentences, amazed at how well they were written.I think it has inspired me to pick up another piece of fiction.

    4. Books about queer Mennonites are few and far between, so I was interested to read Somewhere Else. I found this novel very fragmentary, at times this was a bit confusing and almost seemed sloppy. However, I think that it can also be read as a representation of the narrator Jess's fragmented identity as she is torn between her lesbian identity and her Mennonite family. The book is also full of textual fragments: quotes from authors and theorists, scripture passages, and poetry that Jess stumbles u [...]

    5. As a lesbian who was raised Mennonite, I often felt lost and incredibly angry. On one of these particularly bad days I typed in "lesbian mennonite" into youtube, in hopes of finding SOMEONE else like myself. Instead I found "Somewhere Else". The first video to come up was a piece about a Canadian writer who wrote a little book that would soon become one of the most heart capturing books I'd ever read. It's sad most people will never read this book. It is after all a somewhat female, lesbian, men [...]

    6. Beautiful. Jan Guenther Braun's writing was reminiscent of Miriam Towes but more raw? At times it was hard to follow, with Jess's life zooming forward and backward, but her poetic self-reflection meant it didn't matter. It was comforting to read in to the mind of someone who spends as much time in their head as I do. The pages are bent and many passages are underlined, this book looks worn - a sure sign that you should pick it up.

    7. I love a roman à clef, ESPECIALLY with so many connections to home (city, province and country). I was also happy that I immediately knew how to pronounce the word "verenikje" (thank you, Uke. roots).

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