Set in the year 1979, That Time I Loved You: Life is Never as Perfect as it Seems is a linked stories collection about the Ontario suburb Scarborough. Away from the wildness of downtown Toronto, Scarborough is a "safe" place. Neighbours don't lock their doors. Children play on the street.
But what goes on behind those unlocked doors?
Suicides. Infidelity. Physical and sexual abuse.
Yes, but also... Love. Healing. Acceptance.
Author Carriane Leung grew up in Scarborough and concludes her author acknowledgments with...
'Lastly, while this book refers to suicide, I hope it's also a testament to the resilience we share when faced with the often-difficult work of living.'
'Everything that matters to me...was here...I had assumed I would always want to live here, but now I knew that was childish...There were other places in the world, and I knew I would go.' (p. 211)
Happening this month on Mayne Island...
This church fair is one of the most affordable places I know to get must-reads.