What We All Long For

A Novel by Dionne Brand

  • Published: Jul 31, 2020

Gripping at times, heartrending at others, What We All Long For is an ode to a generation of longing and identity, and to the rhythms and pulses of a city and its burgeoning, questioning youth. Dionne Brand's multicultural infusion follows the stories... read more

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Details of What We All Long For

Exact title of the book
What We All Long For
Book author
Dionne Brand
ISBN
9781429986038
Publisher
St. Martin's Publishing Group
Published
Nov 25, 2008
Language
English
Format
PDF, FB2, EPUB, MOBI
Pages
336
File size (in PDF)
3024 kB

Some brief overview of book

Gripping at times, heartrending at others, What We All Long For is an ode to a generation of longing and identity, and to the rhythms and pulses of a city and its burgeoning, questioning youth. Dionne Brand's multicultural infusion follows the stories of a close circle of twenty-something second-generations living in downtown Torontoand the secrets they hide from their families. Tuyen is a lesbian avant-garde artist and the daughter of Vietnamese parents who've never recovered from losing one of their children while in the rush to flee Vietnam in the 1970s.

She rejects her immigrant family's hard-won lifestyle, and instead lives in a rundown apartment with friendseach of whom is grappling with their own familial complexities and heartache. Tuyen is love with her best friend Carla, a biracial bicycle courier. Oku is a jazz-loving poet who, unbeknowst to his Jamaican-born parents, has dropped out of college.

He is tormented by his unrequited love for Jackie, a gorgeous black woman who runs a hiphop clothing store. Meanwhile, Tuyen's lost brother, Quynow a criminal in the Thai underworldsets out for Toronto to find his long-lost family. Gripping at times, heart-wrenching at others, Dionne Brand's What We All Long For is a story of identity, love and lossthe universal experience of being human, and discovering the nature of our longing.

About author

a young girl growing up in Trinidad, DIONNE BRAND submitted poems to the newspapers under the pseudonym Xavier Simone, an homage to Nina Simone. She moved to Canada at age 17 and earned a degree in Philosophy and English, a Masters in the Philosophy of Education, and pursued PhD studies in Women's History but left the program to make time for creative writing. Brand won the Governor General's Award for poetry and the Trillium Award in 1997 for Land to Light On.

In 2003 she won the Pat Lowther Award for poetry for her book thirsty. Her novels include In Another Place, Not Here and At the Full and Change of the Moon. She lives in Toronto.

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