Winner of the Danuta Gleed Literary Award (Writers’ Union of Canada)
An Amazon Best Book of the Month (Literature & Fiction)
In this exquisite American debut, Carrianne Leung evokes the legacies of Cheever and Munro with a haunting depiction of 1970s suburbia.
In her “compact gem of a collection” (Globe & Mail), Carrianne Leung enlivens a singular group of characters sharing 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.
Leung bursts onto the American literary stage with prose remarkably attuned to the tenuous, and perhaps deceptive, idea of happiness among these picket-fenced lives.
|Publisher:||Liveright Publishing Corporation|
|Product dimensions:||5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)|
About the Author
Carrianne Leung’s first novel, The Wondrous
Woo, was a finalist for the 2014 City of Toronto
Book Award. She holds a PhD in sociology and equity studies from OISE/University of Toronto and lives in Toronto.