Comfort Food for Breakups: The Memoir of a Hungry Girl
by Marusya Bociurkiw
Arsenal Pulp Press. 171 pages, $16.95
MARUSYA BOCIURKIW is a first-generation Ukrainian-Canadian who’s a professor, a novelist, a poet, a performance artist, and an avid blogger (her entertaining and well-illustrated site is at marusya.lazarapress.ca). In this memoir, which is also a cookbook, she covers some well-traveled territory in lesbian literature—a mildly dysfunctional family that was “full of ghosts,” the struggle of coming out, lesbian love affairs gone wrong, progressive politics—yet her lovely prose style elevates the mundane. Her large family includes a street-musician brother who died young and a father whose life in Canada was haunted by his experiences in a forced labor camp during World War II.