Of course, I could well be wrong. When I was on my 20s in the 80s, I felt like my generation had outgrown the homophobia of our parents’ generation. I never imagined that in 2015 a novel such as When Everything Feels Like the Movies would be imagined, never mind vitally necessary. But, three decades after Jimmy Sommerville sang of a Small Town Boy, which song Reid references in his novel, Albertans, who overwhelmingly favour Gay-Straight Alliances in our schools, have been forced to suffer through a retrograde government’s offensive, reactionary, panicked “consultation” on the “issue”. It is beyond depressing that still today there is no place in Canada free from the violent barriers which keep this song being lived, and all too often died, by a Smalltown Boy or Girl:
I have a few more thoughts about Canada Reads 2015 here.