This Heart Holds Many

Foreword Reviews - - Spotlight Diverse Voices / Nonfiction - LAURA LEAV­ITT

My Life as the Non­bi­nary Mil­len­nial Child of a Polyamorous Fam­ily Koe Cre­ation Thorn­tree Press (MARCH) Soft­cover $17.95 (192pp) 978-1-944934-72-9, AU­TO­BI­OG­RA­PHY & MEM­OIR

Dis­cussing their multi-par­ent, polyamorous fam­ily and child­hood, Koe Cre­ation’s mem­oir This Heart Holds Many is about grow­ing up and be­com­ing an adult in a non-stan­dard fam­ily sit­u­a­tion.

The nar­ra­tion fol­lows two par­al­lel threads. The first fol­lows Cre­ation’s life­long jour­ney of un­der­stand­ing what it means to be a “fam­ily” with many par­ents, aunts and un­cles, half-sib­lings, and oth­ers, not all of whom are bi­o­log­i­cally re­lated but are rather cho­sen as fam­ily. The fo­cus and pur­pose is to con­vey the frus­tra­tion of be­ing au­to­mat­i­cally doubted in one’s le­git­i­macy as a fam­ily, as well as to show the in­ge­nu­ity and thought­ful care that Cre­ation’s mul­ti­ple par­ents took in cre­at­ing par­ent­ing struc­tures that nei­ther sti­fled their chil­dren nor let them run wild.

The sec­ond thread of the story is more per­sonal, com­ing in sec­tions en­ti­tled “Adult­ing.” It in­volves Cre­ation’s emo­tional jour­ney as they en­coun­tered the rocky be­gin­nings of adult­hood, re­lied on their net­work, and moved to­ward sta­ble work. At the same time, Cre­ation de­vel­ops their own sex­u­al­ity, in­formed by their child­hood in a fam­ily of sex-pos­i­tive polyamory.

Cre­ation’s ar­tic­u­late prose of­fers their au­di­ence a va­ri­ety of ways to ques­tion and learn that are cu­ri­ous and po­lite. Their nar­ra­tion de­mys­ti­fies a com­plex topic so that oth­ers can ad­dress it with clar­ity and pre­ci­sion. Cre­ation is also an ed­u­ca­tor, and their back­ground is clear. Their thor­ough self-knowl­edge re­sults in a lik­able, gen­uine nar­ra­tion, tak­ing their strengths and their weak­nesses into ac­count and mov­ing for­ward into adult­hood.

This Heart Holds Many is a thought­ful, hope­ful LGBTQ+ mem­oir that in­cludes par­ent­ing guid­ance on cre­ative ways to raise chil­dren col­lec­tively and com­pas­sion­ately.

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