Top positive review
Human and humane, brilliant and highly recommended
Reviewed in Canada on July 10, 2017
I am from a place called Scarborough and return often. Scarborough is massive, multiracial and complex beyond imagining. How would you even begin to captures its flavor and tone? Catherine Hernandez has done just that - in a brilliant, compassionate and nuanced book that will - deservedly - win awards. She writes recognizable stories on recognizable streets; stories that run together in a small neighborhood in central east Scarborough. Both human and humane, she captures the day to day struggles and fears of both adults and children who mingle in the local school and apartment block. They are poor; in physical and emotional pain, trying so hard to survive and care for each other. Hernandez writes about these people - the unnoticed - the people who work in nail salons, rub and tugs, mom and pop restaurants. Her effortless ability to see the adult world through a child's eye is astonishing and at times as heartbreaking as anything I have ever read. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to put aside genre fiction for a bit, and engage in a richer and deeper experience.