That Time I Loved You

That Time I Loved You

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Book - 2019
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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.
Publisher: New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, 2019
Edition: First American edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781631495526
1631495526
Branch Call Number: FIC LEUNG 2019
Characteristics: 215 pages ; 22 cm

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sheepsheets
May 02, 2019

This little neighborhood drew me in so quickly-- the way the stories and characters are interwoven may seem simple but serves as a great reminder that everyone has their own individual world and holds their own humanity. A fairly quick read but a beautiful window into the lives of a wonderful variety of characters.

SquamishLibraryStaff Apr 05, 2019

These interconnected stories set in a Scarborough subdivision during the 1970s, deal with issues that are as diverse as the characters that populate the stories. A quick and intelligent read reminiscent of Hemingway's minimalistic style of writing where the reader is left to make their own deductions about what is going on with the characters.

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lisa45
Jan 03, 2019

I am not sure how the characters in these short stories managed to captivate my heart so quickly and completely, but they did. Although many of the events described in these stories are unarguably big issues (suicide, family violence, sexuality, first and second generation immigrants), they are described with a softness and gentleness. However, for me the beauty of this books lies within the tiny details that capture growing up in Canada in the 70's perfectly - the colours of the pencil crayons, eating fries at the Red Grill, trying to look cool wearing a tube top, watching Carol Burnette with your mom - and filled me with nostalgia. I would highly recommend this read.

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abcDena
May 14, 2018

Really, really, ridiculously readable. And Canadian!

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