An absolutely dazzling confluence of big ideas and raw emotions, told in Billy-Ray Belcourt’s singular poetic voice. A Minor Chorus
is about loving, questioning, and fighting for your life, and it’s as compelling a debut novel as I’ve read in years.
— Jami Attenberg, author of I Came All This Way to Meet You
No one breaks your heart as elegantly as Billy-Ray Belcourt. Innovative, intimate, and meticulous.
— Eden Robinson, author of Son of a TricksterA Minor Chorus
is a rare gem of a book. We will be reading and rereading A Minor Chorus
for decades to come.
— Alicia Elliott, author of A Mind Spread Out on the Ground
A truly exceptional novel about how the disregarded sometimes live the most remarkable lives. A Minor Chorus
is like a song that’s over too soon; I want to play it on repeat, to memorize the words so that I can sing them to myself.
— Katherena Vermette, author of The Strangers
An achingly gorgeous debut novel of Indigenous survival…This is a breathtaking and hypnotic achievement.
— Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Following his essay collection, A History of My Brief Body
, poet Belcourt, from the Driftpile Cree Nation, continues his exploration of Indigenous trauma and queerness in this erudite debut novel…Smart, thoughtful.
— Kathy Sexton - Booklist
With his first novel, wunderkind Belcourt cements what has become increasingly clear across two poetry collections and a memoiristic book of essays: he is a fearless writer... [A Minor Chorus
is] a ruminative constellation of ideas regarding colonial trauma, heteropatriarchy, and the innate sociality of writing; Belcourt’s boldest, freest, and most linguistically assured work yet.
— Library Journal (starred review)A Minor Chorus
is a feat of technical brilliance, a novel that questions the worth of writing even as it asserts its own value. It is a slippery, scholarly work, rooted in the layered complexity of Indigenous life.
— Laura Sackton - BookPage (starred review)