That Time I Loved You

That Time I Loved You

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Winner of the Danuta Gleed Literary Award

Finalist for the Toronto Book Award

Longlisted for CBC Canada Reads

Life is never as perfect as it seems.

Tensions that have lurked beneath the surface of a shiny new subdivision rise up, in new fiction from the author of the Toronto Book Award--shortlisted The Wondrous Woo

The suburbs of the 1970s promised to be heaven on earth--new houses, new status, happiness guaranteed. But in a Scarborough subdivision populated by newcomers from all over the world, a series of sudden catastrophic events reveals that not everyone's dreams come true. Moving from house to house, Carrianne Leung explores the inner lives behind the tidy front gardens and picture-perfect windows, always returning to June, an irrepressible adolescent Chinese-Canadian coming of age in this shifting world. Through June and her neighbours, Leung depicts the fine line where childhood meets the realities of adult life, and examines, with insight and sharp prose, how difficult it is to be true to ourselves at any age.

Publisher: Toronto :, HarperCollins Publishers Ltd,, [2018]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781443452861
Branch Call Number: FIC LEU
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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