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A Minor Chorus

A Minor Chorus

A Novel

Billy-Ray Belcourt
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In the stark expanse of Northern Alberta, a queer Indigenous doctoral student steps away from his dissertation to write a novel, informed by a series of poignant encounters: a heart-to-heart with fellow doctoral student River over the mounting pressure placed on marginalized scholars; a meeting with Michael, a closeted man from his hometown whose vulnerability and loneliness punctuate the realities of queer life on the fringe. Woven throughout these conversations are memories of Jack, a cousin caught in the cycle of police violence, drugs, and survival. Jack's life parallels the narrator's own; the possibilities of escape and imprisonment are left to chance with colonialism stacking the odds. A Minor Chorus introduces a dazzling new literary voice whose vision and fearlessness shine much-needed light on the realities of Indigenous survival.


Billy-Ray Belcourt is a writer from the Driftpile Cree Nation. He is an assistant professor in the Creative Writing Program at the University of British Columbia and the founder of oteh nikan, an online magazine of LGBTQ2S+ indigenous writing. He lives in Vancouver.


  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
  • Publish Date: October 04, 2022
  • Pages: 176
  • Dimensions: 5.47 X 8.28 X 0.43 inches | 0.33 pounds
  • Language: English
  • Type: Paperback
  • EAN/UPC: 9781324021421
  • BISAC Categories: Literary, Native American & Aboriginal, Own Voices, LGBT - General, LGBT - Gay
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