"[Mootoo's] unsettling latest examines how secrets always come back to haunt us--especially the ones we've managed to keep from ourselves." --Globe & Mail, one of the 100 Favorite Books of 2020
One of Autostraddle's Best Queer Books of 2020
Polar Vortex is a seductive and tension-filled novel about Priya and Alex, a lesbian couple who left the big city to relocate to a bucolic countryside community. It seemed like a good way to leave their past behind and cement their newish, later-in-life relationship. But there's leaving the past behind--and then there's running away from awkward histories.
Priya has a secret--a long-standing on-again, off-again relationship with a man, Prakash. In Priya's mind Prakash is little more than an old friend, but in reality things are a bit complicated. Why has she never told Alex about him? Prakash has tracked Priya down in her new life, and before she realizes what she's doing, she invites him to visit.
Alex is not pleased, and soon the existing cracks in their relationship widen, revealing secrets Alex herself would have preferred to keep. Into the fissure walks Prakash, whose own agenda forces all three to face the inevitable consequences of their choices.
- ISBN-13: 9781617758621
- ISBN-10: 1617758620
- Publisher: Akashic Books
- Publish Date: September 2020
- Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.9 x 1.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.6 pounds
- Page Count: 336