I had the honour of performing the first legalized same sex marriage in Canada and passing more LGBTQ legislation in Canada's history including the first Trans Human Rights in any Province. Fifty years of Queer activism seems worthwhile because of this book. Adam's story is why. Adam is the reason. Adam's loving and accepting family is the point. This book is an answered prayer.
— Reverend Dr. Cheri Dinovo, MPP 2006 to 2018
Soar, Adam, Soar is a deeply moving account of tragedy and triumph. Parts of this tale are so compellingly unique that they are hard to imagine. Yet, at the same time, it is a story of love and courage that it is universally recognizable. Thank you, Rick Prashaw, for your raw honesty.
Alex Munter, President and CEO of CHEO, Ottawa’s pediatric health centre
Adam's story is incredibly rich and very moving … It is powerful material through which we examine love, family, gender, sexuality, illness, and spirituality...LIFE (with a heavy dose of cosmic irony). Like any great piece of drama, this story deserves to be heard by a huge audience.
— Ernest Zulia Director, Playwright and creator of the stage adaptation of Robert Fulghum's All I really Need To Know I Learned in Kindergarten
Soar, Adam, Soar is a gorgeous autobiography. Rick Prashaw's unique approach to co-authoring with his late son and his threading together of social media posts into a cohesive narrative is so fresh and exciting. The themes of non-conforming gender identity, the varied pressure of academia, and the lonely-yet-public stage of social media offers instructors multiple opportunities to bring theory to life. More broadly, the challenges of young adulthood will resonate with many post-secondary readers.
Jennifer Ball, Sociology Professor, Humber College
Rick Prashaw, Adam's father, celebrates life in this moving memoir – joined, in a sense, by Adam himself, whose musings and social-media posts enrich the narrative. The result is both specific and universal.
Prashaw's compassionate, authentic, and wise words make this a powerful contribution to the emerging genre of transgender life writing.
Library Journal (starred review)
A deeply moving book, of truths, of life and death, told by a father about his child, born Rebecca, becomes Adam, dies accidentally, his organs donated to live on. A tale of courage and generosity that, in all its sadness, makes you hopeful of our future.
Mel Watkins, author and political activist