Sam Van's Reviews > All the Beginnings: A Queer Autobiography of the Body
All the Beginnings: A Queer Autobiography of the Body
Sam Van's review
Aug 18, 2017
Wow, wow. This is such a gorgeous, rare, 5-star book. Every time I picked it up, I was gripped by the fear of it ending. Quinn's story of parenthood, the body, children and coming to writing is unique and generous. He never shies away from the (considerable) difficulty of writing the body, constantly mapping the ways that life marks and affects the body, and exploring why this matters. The book weaves a huge amount of kind of dense theory throughout (primarily Cixous), but Quinn's unpacking and expanding means it's always accessible. As soon as I put it down I wanted to pick it back up again. If you're looking for some of Australia's bravest and most exciting nonfiction, you've found it.
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