What We All Long For
Dionne Brand powerfully delves into uncharted aspects of urban life, the bittersweetness of youth, and secrets families try to hide. Tuyen is an aspiring 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 friends—each of whom is grappling with their own familial complexities and heartache.
In turns thrilling and heartbreaking, Tuyen’s lost brother—who has since become a criminal in the Thai underworld—journeys to Toronto to find his long-lost family. As Quy’s arrival nears, tensions build, friendships are tested, and an unexpected encounter will forever alter the lives of Tuyen and her friends.
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.
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Canadian author Dionne Brand is woefully overlooked in the US. She is a celebrated poet, but has published three novels. Her last novel What We All Long For is a lament about contemporary Toronto. In ... Read full review
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In Dionne Brand's novel What We All Long For, four friends, each from a different cultural and ethnic background and with their own unique and tragic stories, struggle to find themselves, reconcile ... Read full review
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