On July 2, 2015, influential social activist Gemma Hickey began a 908-kilometer walk across the island of Newfoundland to raise awareness and funds for survivors of religious institutional abuse. Almost Feral celebrates the community of support that gathered around this journey and recounts Hickey’s remarkable story of self-discovery which led to the realization that they are transgender. In this thought-provoking and wide-ranging autobiography, Hickey counters memories of sexual assault, bullying, and depression with inspiring reflections on faith, love, family, individual and communal identity, sex, gender, and acceptance. Through complex feelings of empathy and solitude, weakness and strength, suffering and recovery, Gemma Hickey’s Almost Feral chronicles a journey from one side of an island to the other side of personal identity—charting an unknown territory where one’s body becomes the map that leads to home.
“Witty, frank and insightful, Hickey’s writing is also passionate and thorough in defining and defending sexual orientation and same sex or transgender rights… As well it is a thorough exploration of identities, how they are framed, imposed and self-constructed… Almost Feral is a layered, revealing and rewarding memoir (and nicely designed, too; love those landscape-imprinted pages).” – Joan Sullivan, The Telegram
“Hickey has a lot of personal charm and that attribute shines through, making this an easy read on two difficult subjects, sexual abuse and gender dysphoria, that those of us fortunate enough not to have experience with could all use a lesson in. Let’s hope those who have suffered will derive comfort from the story of Hickey’s journey and their willingness to share it.” – Denise Flint, Downhome Magazine