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Free to a Good Home
Free to a Good Home

Free to a Good Home

With Room for Improvement


240 Pages, 6.0 x 9.0

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $24.95 (US $24.95)

Publication Date: August 2019

ISBN 9781987915600

Rights: US

Caitlin Press Inc. (Aug 2019)

Price: $24.95


The German word zugunruhe translates as the "stirring before moving." It's used to describe birds and herds of animals, like wildebeests, before migration. Though Jules Torti is neither German nor a wildebeest, she understands this marrow-deep anxiousness all too well. Free to a Good Home is evidence of Torti's life-long commitment to feeling at home where it mattered most: within herself. At eighteen, with one thousand dollars in her bank account, she moved to the West Coast from Ontario to find "her people." She headed specifically to Davie Street—that's where all the gays were! Finding a girlfriend proved to be elusive, but she learned a lot of Pet Shop Boys lyrics and studied everything by Jane Rule and Chrystos for guidance. Torti continued searching the world for home. Whether prepping chimpanzees' breakfast in the Congo, scavenging for her own breakfast in the dumpsters of Vancouver, or seeking a permanent address in Ontario's unforgiving real estate market, Torti found that homesickness took up its own residence in her identity. While she longed for a home of bricks and mortar (or log or stone), she knew her greatest sense of home was to be found in a person, the missing her. At turns poignant, hilarious, and uncannily familiar, Free to a Good Home explores what it means to call a place home when life oddly mirrors a choose-your-own-adventure storybook.

Author Biography

Jules Torti writes about the best things in life: birds, beer, beaches, burgers, and books (in no particular order). Her work has been published in the Vancouver Sun, the Globe and Mail, Mabuhay, Coast Mountain Culture Magazine, Matador Network, Massage Therapy Canada and Canadian Running. She contributes regularly to Realtor's blog Living Room and is currently the editor in chief of Harrowsmith magazine. In other lives she has made breakfast for chimpanzees, illustrated colouring books for the Jane Goodall Institute, won a flight to Costa Rica in an essay contest and had short stories published in a dozen lesbian anthologies. Her first handsome paycheque was for a lesbian erotica story, published in The Mammoth Book of Erotica (Running Press, 2000). She now lives happily ever after with her partner on the 45th parallel north, exactly half way between the equator and the North Pole, in Lion's Head, Ontario.