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Scarborough

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City of Toronto Book Award finalist Scarborough is a low-income, culturally diverse neighborhood east of Toronto, the fourth largest city in North America; like many inner city communities, it suffers under the weight of poverty, drugs, crime, and urban blight. Scarborough the novel employs a multitude of voices to tell the story of a tight-knit neighborhood under fire: among them, Victor, a black artist harassed by the police; Winsum, a West Indian restaurant owner struggling to keep it together; and Hina, a Muslim school worker who witnesses first-hand the impact of poverty on education. And then there are the three kids who work to rise above a system that consistently fails them: Bing, a gay Filipino boy who lives under the shadow of his father's mental illness; Sylvie, Bing's best friend, a Native girl whose family struggles to find a permanent home to live in; and Laura, whose history of neglect by her mother is destined to repeat itself with her father. Scarborough offers a raw yet empathetic glimpse into a troubled community that locates its dignity in unexpected places: a neighborhood that refuses to be undone. Catherine Hernandez is a queer theatre practitioner and writer who has lived in Scarborough off and on for most of her life. Her plays Singkil and Kilt Pins were published by Playwrights Canada Press, and her children's book M is for Mustache: A Pride ABC Book was published by Flamingo Rampant. She is the Artistic Director of Sulong Theatre for women of color.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 258 pages
  • 137 x 203 x 18mm | 318g
  • ARSENAL PULP PRESS
  • English
  • 1551526778
  • 9781551526775
  • 25,211

About Catherine Hernandez

Catherine Hernandez: Catherine Hernandez is a queer theatre practitioner and writer. She is author of the plays Singkil and Kilt Pins (Playwrights Canada) and the children's book M is for Mustache: A Pride ABC Book (Flamingo Rampant). She is artistic director of Sulong Theatre for women of color.show more

Review quote

"Scarborough is important for many reasons; it's also quite simply storytelling at its finest." --Popmatters.com "With its multiplicity of voices and its ability to walk the very fine line between nonjudgmental and nonexculpatory, the book is a sensitive and unvarnished look at a place with more than its fair share of troubles, and Hernandez shows that it is also a place that refuses to give up hope." --Publishers Weekly "Scarborough is raw yet beautiful, disturbing yet hopeful ... It gives voice to people whose stories are often unheard, making this an important book that deserves a wide audience." --Booklistshow more

Rating details

110 ratings
4.35 out of 5 stars
5 50% (55)
4 38% (42)
3 10% (11)
2 1% (1)
1 1% (1)
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