What We All Long For: A Novel

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St. Martin's Press, Nov 25, 2008 - Fiction - 336 pages
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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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User Review  - Candies64 - LibraryThing

It took a little while to get into this book, but once I did I enjoyed it. The story follows a group of friends trying to understand themselves, their families and each other while finding money to ... Read full review

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Contents

ONE
1
TWO
11
THREE
27
FOUR
43
FIVE
53
SIX
70
SEVEN
80
EIGHT
90
FIFTEEN
184
SIXTEEN
203
SEVENTEEN
221
EIGHTEEN
228
NINETEEN
235
TWENTY
256
TWENTYONE
266
TWENTYTWO
273

NINE
102
TEN
113
ELEVEN
129
TWELVE
142
THIRTEEN
161
FOURTEEN
178
TWENTYTHREE
290
TWENTYFOUR
305
TWENTYFIVE
313
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
321
A NOTE ON THE TYPE
325
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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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