What We All Long For

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Macmillan, Nov 25, 2008 - Fiction - 336 pages
45 Reviews

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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Outstanding story, outstanding writer. - Goodreads
The ending is surprisingly weak. - Goodreads
She encaptures the Toronto of my everyday in her prose. - Goodreads
Serious lack of character development left me cold. - Goodreads
I fell for Brand's unique and beautiful poetic prose. - Goodreads
Beautiful unique writing style. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Tara - Goodreads

Most of the story was engaging, however it fell apart at the end. I can't remember the last time I read such a bafflingly sloppy ending. It felt like the author had no idea how to finish it and ran ... Read full review

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User Review  - William Beauvais - Goodreads

i enjoyed this book enormously, but felt the ending let me down. the characters were fun, some unexpected situations, delightful picture of a to downtown scene. but the ending just came out of nowhere and didn't seem to be up to the standard of the narrative that preceded it. Read full review

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Contents

ONE
TWO
THREE
FOUR
FIVE
SIX
SEVEN
EIGHT
FIFTEEN
SIXTEEN
SEVENTEEN
EIGHTEEN
NINETEEN
TWENTY
TWENTYONE
TWENTYTWO

NINE
TEN
ELEVEN
TWELVE
THIRTEEN
FOURTEEN
TWENTYTHREE
TWENTYFOUR
TWENTYFIVE
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
A NOTE ON THE TYPE
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About the author (2008)

Dionne 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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