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Horses in the Sand

a memoir by Lorrie Potvin

Print: 978-1-77133-849-3
260 Pages
January 25, 2022

Horses in the Sand, the author’s sequel to her first book, First Gear: A Motorcycle Memoir, is a collection of stories that document a queer woman’s journey from her sparse beginnings as a child to becoming a tradeswoman, teacher, and artist. With courage, humour, and frank honesty, the stories describe what it was like to grow up as a girl who was starkly different from “normal” and how “coming out” became a lifelong process of self-acceptance and changing identities. The stories also speak to the difficulties in participating in and maintaining healthy adult relationships when childhood beginnings are rooted in violence and trauma, and end with a triumphant account of fulfilling a long-time dream of buying land and building a home with her own hands. Ultimately, the memoir is a celebration of making art, telling stories, and of finding her birth father, a family of half siblings, and an Indigenous community whose presence she had always felt, but never knew she belonged to.

Horses in the Sand


Tradeswoman, artist, and teacher Lorrie Potvin, a queerishly two-spirited Métis, is the author of Horses in the Sand (Fall 2021) and First Gear: A Motorcycle Memoir (2015), published under the surname Jorgensen. Potvin holds an Inter-Provincial Red Seal in Auto Body Repair and Refinishing and a diploma in Technological Education from Queen’s University. Lorrie lives north of Kingston on traditional Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee Territory. www.lorriepotvin.ca

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