She of the Mountains

Vivek Shraya (Author)


Finalist, Lambda Literary Award

In the beginning, there is no he. There is no she.

Two cells make up one cell. This is the mathematics behind creation. One plus one makes one. Life begets life. We are the period to a sentence, the effect to a cause, always belonging to someone. We are never our own.

This is why we are so lonely.

She of the Mountains is a beautifully rendered illustrated novel by Vivek Shraya, the author of the Lambda Literary Award finalist God Loves Hair. Shraya weaves a passionate, contemporary love story between a man and his body, with a re-imagining of Hindu mythology. Both narratives explore the complexities of embodiment and the damaging effects that policing gender and sexuality can have on the human heart.

Illustrations are by Raymond Biesinger, whose work has appeared in such publications as The New Yorker and the New York Times.

Vivek Shraya is a multimedia artist, working in the mediums of music, performance, literature, and film. His most recent film, What I LOVE about Being QUEER, has been expanded to include an online project and book with contributions from around the world. He is also author of God Loves Hair.

Product Details

$19.95  $18.35
Arsenal Pulp Press
Publish Date
October 14, 2014
5.4 X 0.4 X 7.9 inches | 0.6 pounds
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About the Author

Vivek Shraya: Vivek Shraya is a multimedia artist, working in the mediums of music, performance, literature, and film. Vivek has released albums ranging from acoustic folk-rock to electro synth-pop. His most recent film, What I LOVE about being QUEER, includes a book and online component.


"Who are we? Who do we love? In Vivek Shraya's wide-eyed words, these elemental questions become a living call and response, a song between tender and triumphant experiences. She of the Mountains is a wonderfully textured book that knows better than to offer hasty answers about identity--rather, Shraya draws us into a series of highly poetic and hyper-intimate scenes that allows us to feel and explore for ourselves." --Amber Dawn, author of Sub Rosa

"She of the Mountains is a treatise to epic love. Shraya's prose is deft and lyrical, and shape-shifts like his characters' bodies and desires--both otherworldly and human. This is a book that is full of heart, and mine sank and lifted with each turn of the page." --Farzana Doctor, author of Six Metres of Pavement