Since we’re a big group of book lovers here at Cityline, we’re inviting our viewers to read along with us! For our last book club pick, we read the beautifully written The Wind is Not a River by Brian Payton (HarperCollins Canada) — did you read it, too? Be sure to watch the video of our book club meeting to see what we thought of the book, and to enter for your chance to win a book prize pack courtesy of HarperCollins Canada!
For our latest book pick, we’ll be curling up with All the Broken Things by Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer (Random House Canada). Once again, we hope you’ll read along with us! Here’s a little bit about the book:
September, 1983. Fourteen-year-old Bo, a boat person from Vietnam, lives in a small house in the Junction neighbourhood of Toronto with his mother, Thao, and his four-year-old sister, who was born severely disfigured from the effects of Agent Orange. Named Orange, she is the family secret; Thao keeps her hidden away, and when Bo’s not at school or getting into fights on the street, he cares for her.
One day a carnival worker and bear trainer, Gerry, sees Bo in a streetfight, and recruits him for the bear wrestling circuit, eventually giving him his own cub to train. This opens up a new world for Bo–but then Gerry’s boss, Max, begins pursuing Thao with an eye on Orange for his travelling freak show. When Bo wakes up one night to find the house empty, he knows he and his cub, Bear, are truly alone. Together they set off on an extraordinary journey through the streets of Toronto and High Park. Awake at night, boy and bear form a unique and powerful bond. When Bo emerges from the park to search for his sister, he discovers a new way of seeing Orange, himself and the world around them.
All the Broken Things is a spellbinding novel, at once melancholy and hopeful, about the peculiarities that divide us and bring us together, and the human capacity for love and acceptance.
We’re so excited to start reading this exciting story of love, adventure, and the ties that bind us to each other, and we hope you’ll read along with us! Want a copy? We have 5 copies to give away to some lucky readers, courtesy of Random House Canada! To enter for your chance to win, tell us about your last great read in the comments below!
Over the next six weeks, we’ll be sharing tons of great features about All the Broken Things and Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer, as well as a behind-the-scenes look at our office discussion of the book! So go out and grab your copy, and get reading! We can’t wait to discuss with you!
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