Hey everyone, I’m starring alongside Barbarella in the Vancouver Sun’s You secton–Jan. 22 online and Jan 23. hard copy! After being called the Lady Gaga of Saskatoon, I think it’s only right!
Really, it’s not me, but my latest novel, Universal Disorder, being given a great review by Tom Sandborn, and he shows some great writing talents himself.
That photo of me was taken by my good friend, the wonderful photographer Gina-Rae Horvath when she wanted to mess around in another friend’s private junkyard. I keep meaning to get some real headshots taken, but this past covid season, I haven’t felt able to play rockstar enough.
But Barbarella has it all making sense!
I love my kid’s generation. They don’t buy the gender stereotype thing, or even the gender thing. As a farm kid who put on her girlness like a prom dress that didn’t fit and could only play it like a drag queen, it feels miraculous to be told that this is normal.
I can be Barbarella if I want.
Or just a human being.
So here’s some searingly wonderful praise for Universal Disorder from the pen of Tom Sandborn…
a “work of glittering brilliance and heart scalding grief”
“richly complex and moving”
“make no mistake, while Friesen is working with profoundly tragic elements of human experience here — guilt, loss, madness and dread — she always gets the joke.”
“This is a remarkably well crafted and moving novel. Highly recommended.”
… and you can read the whole of Tom Sanborn’s review in the Vancouver Sun here.