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Mahnomen Public Library LEU (Text) 33500013017702 Main Available -
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  • ISBN: 1631495526
  • ISBN: 9781631495526
  • Physical Description: 215 pages ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First American edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, 2019.

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Formatted Contents Note: Grass -- Flowers -- Fences -- Treasure -- Wheels -- Kiss -- Things -- Sweets -- Rain -- That time I loved you.
Summary, etc.: In a shiny new subdivision in 1970s Toronto, Marilyn greets new neighbors with fresh-baked cookies before she starts stealing from them. Stay-at-home-wife Francesca believes passion is just one yard away, only in the arms of another man. And Darren doesn't understand why his mother insists he keep his head down, even though he gets good grades like his white friends. When a series of inexplicable suicides begin to haunt their community, no one is more fascinated by the terrible phenomenon than young June. The daughter of Chinese immigrants, she sits hawk-eyed at the center, bearing witness to the truth behind pulled curtains: the affairs, the racism, the hidden abuses.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2018 December #1
    *Starred Review* Leung, author of Toronto Book Award–finalist The Wondrous Woo (2014), walks readers through the matching split-levels of a Toronto suburb in her striking U.S. debut. These linked stories begin in the summer of 1979, when several local adults commit suicide. Buoyant preteen June, whose parents remind her how much better life is in Scarborough than their native Hong Kong, functions as the book's main character of sorts, its sole and repeated first-person narrator. June's and her best friend Josie's stories portray foundational girlhood friendship with prescience. Newlywed Francesca panics about the quickly dimming brightness of her marriage. Retired Marilyn sees her private kleptomania as just another facet of her neighborly generosity. Comics-obsessed Darren, another of June's best friends, doesn't know how to stand up to his racist teacher without disappointing his Jamaican mom, who tells him to keep his head down. Underlying it all are the suicides, making kids watch their parents for warning signs and adults try to explain it all away. Readers peer through chain-link fences and discretely pulled curtains along with Leung's vivid, quotable characters—and are reminded that life doesn't happen between soap-opera episodes, cigarettes smoked at the kitchen sink, and trips to the mall, but during them. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Subject: Suburban life Fiction
Toronto (Ont.) Fiction
Ontario Toronto
FICTION / Short Stories (single author)
FICTION / Family Life / General
Genre: Short stories.
Short stories.
Short stories.
Short stories.
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