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. Scarborough has already received recognition as winner of the Asian Canadian Writers' Workshop Emerging Writers Award in 2015, and finalist for the 2016 $50,000 Half the World Global Literati Award for best unpublished manuscript. It offers a raw yet empathetic glimpse into a troubled community that locates its dignity in unexpected places: a neighbourhood that refuses to be undone."--
Publisher: Vancouver : Arsenal Pulp Press, ©2017.
ISBN: 9781551526775
1551526778
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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