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The Melting Queen
The Melting Queen | Bruce Cinnamon
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Every year since 1904, when the ice breaks up on the North Saskatchewan River, Edmonton has crowned a Melting Queen--a woman who presides over the Melting Day spring carnival and who must keep the city's spirits up over the following winter. But this year, something has changed: a genderfluid ex-frat brother called River Runson is named as Melting Queen. As River's reign upends the city's century-old traditions, Edmonton tears itself in two, with progressive and reactionary factions fighting a war for Edmonton's soul. Ultimately, River must uncover the hidden history of Melting Day, forcing Edmonton to confront the dark underbelly of its traditions and leading the city into a new chapter in its history. Balancing satire with compassion, Bruce Cinnamon's debut novel combines history and magic to weave a splendid future-looking tale. Recalling the work of Minister Faust and Vivek Shraya, The Melting Queen lays down a foundational mythology for Edmonton in the vein of Guy Maddin's My Winnipeg.
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Kazzie
The Melting Queen | Bruce Cinnamon
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Cool to read a local book. Touch of magical realism, but mostly just an interesting portrait of real people

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Lindy
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A four-year-old runs over and asks me, “Are you a boy or a girl?”
“No,” I say. “I‘m not. I used to be a boy but I grew out of it.”

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kathedron I was mis-gendered in the local supermarket earlier. That's the first time I've ever been referred to as "gentleman". She said at once, "oh sorry: I wasn't looking properly." Which makes me wonder what she was looking at. To be clear, I'm not upset about this: I find it interesting. 2mo
tournevis @kathedron I haven't been misgendered in forever, but it's always jarring. 2mo
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Lindy
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"If you promise to stick around and chat until my shift is done I'll make you The Great One for free."
"What's The Great One?"
"It's our legendary, off-the-menu Miles Hortons drink. It's like a double-double but it's nine creams-nine sugars. Get it? After Wayne Gretzky. Number 99."
"That sounds horrifying. I think I'll pass."
"Your loss. I drink one every day."

(Another Tim Hortons reference for my collection.
Image of Gretzky by Andy Warhol)

twohectobooks I like my coffee sweet and creamy but that sounds like a bit much even for me lol 2mo
Lindy @twohectobooks Yes, well, this book is satire. Sweet and creamy coffee-based beverages are popular, however. 2mo
LeahBergen 😆😆 2mo
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