Scarborough

Scarborough

Book - 2017
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A poignant, multi-voiced novel about life in the inner city. Scarborough is a low-income, culturally diverse neighbourhood east of Toronto, the fourth largest city in North America. Like many inner-city communities, it suffers under the weight of poverty, drugs, crime, and urban blight. Scarborough the novel employs a multitude of voices to tell the story of a tight-knit neighbourhood under fire: among them, Victor, a black artist harassed by the police; Winsum, a West Indian restaurant owner struggling to keep it together; and Hina, a Muslim school worker who witnesses first-hand the impact of poverty on education. And then there are the three kids who work to rise above a system that consistently fails them: Bing, a gay Filipino boy who lives under the shadow of his father's mental illness; Sylvie, Bing's best friend, a Native girl whose family struggles to find a permanent home to live in; and Laura, whose history of neglect by her mother is destined to repeat itself with her father.
Publisher: Vancouver :, Arsenal Pulp Press,, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781551526775
Branch Call Number: FIC Hern
Characteristics: 258 pages ; 21 cm

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lydia1879
Feb 02, 2018

Do you ever read the acknowledgements of a book because you love it so much and you don't want it to end? Because, yeah, I just did that.

I think I cried in this book four separate times. The fact that this is a debut novel FLOORS me.

This book is a story about a community, Scarborough, in Toronto and it's told from multiple perspectives. I could say "this book is redemption and love and resileniece all at once" but that doesn't really make a point, because Hernandez takes many people in a community and makes you know them, and all their little struggles and strife and how they rise against the day-to-day grind.

Hernandez takes a community and paints it with a mother's love, warts and all. This has First Nations representation and disability representation and queer representation...ALL the representation. All of it.

tw: child abuse, domestic abuse, substance abuse

I loved Laura, Sylvie, Bing, Marie and I'm a mess because her writing was so good I read it in two days.

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