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.