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Horses in the Sand

a memoir by Lorrie Potvin

Print: 978-1-77133-849-3
260 Pages
September 30, 2021

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, is a queerish two-spirited mix of French, Finnish. and Algonquin ancestry belonging to the Mattawa / North Bay Algonquin First Nation. Working and teaching in the trades for over thirty years, Potvin holds an Inter-Provincial Red Seal in Auto Body Repair and Refinishing from Algonquin College, and a diploma in Technological Education from the Faculty of Education, Queen’s University, with additional qualifications in Manufacturing and Special Education. She lives on a lake in Godfrey, Ontario, north of Kingston, in the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee, where she has spent twenty-five years building her home and creating art made of stone, wood, hide, and steel. Her first book, First Gear: A Motorcycle Memoir , was published in 2015.  www.lorriepotvin.ca

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