Tegan and Sara Announce 'High School' Memoir
The "revelatory and unique coming-of-age story" arrives next year
Published Dec 11, 2018With two decades of music-making and eight studio albums under their belt, Tegan and Sara are set to reflect on their career to this point in a new memoir arriving next year.
Titled High School, the memoir will arrive September 24 through Simon & Schuster/MCD/Virago. In an abstract, the book is said to be "the origin story of Tegan and Sara":
High School is the revelatory and unique coming-of-age story of Sara and Tegan Quin, identical twins from Calgary, Alberta, growing up in the height of grunge and rave culture in the 90s, well before they became the celebrated musicians and global LGBTQ icons we know today. While grappling with their identity and sexuality, often alone, they also faced academic meltdown, their parents' divorce, and the looming pressure of what might come after high school. Written in alternating chapters from both Tegan's point of view and Sara's, the book is a raw account of the drugs, alcohol, love, music and friendship they explored in their formative years. A transcendent story of first loves and first songs, it captures the tangle of discordant and parallel memories of two sisters who grew up in distinct ways even as they lived just down the hall from one another.
In a statement, Tegan and Sara themselves explained: "How did you start your band? When did you know that you were gay? What were you like before Tegan and Sara? We have spent twenty years answering those complicated questions with simple answers. Writing High School gives us the opportunity to tell the intricate stories that shaped our relationship as sisters, musicians, and queer girls."
MCD publisher Sean McDonald added, "Anyone who's paid attention to Tegan and Sara's lyrics already knows what sensitive and engaging storytellers they are. For me, the real thrill of High School is how naturally that translates to the page — what strong and distinct literary voices they have, and that their book is at once urgent and gorgeous, that it fairly demands to be read. The fact that it's written by world-famous musicians and LGBTQ icons is...well, honestly, that's exciting too."
Last year, Tegan and Sara released The Con X: Covers, an anniversary collection featuring reinterpretations of songs from their fifth album from the likes of Chvrches, Ryan Adams, Grimes, City and Colour and more.
The pair's last original studio effort was 2016's Love You to Death.