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That Time I Loved You


About the Book

Life is never as perfect as it seems.

Tensions that have lurked beneath the surface of a shiny new subdivision rise up, in new fiction from the author of the Toronto Book Award—shortlisted The Wondrous Woo

The suburbs of the 1970s promised to be heaven on earth—new houses, new status, happiness guaranteed. But in a Scarborough subdivision populated by newcomers from all over the world, a series of sudden catastrophic events reveals that not everyone’s dreams come true. Moving from house to house, Carrianne Leung explores the inner lives behind the tidy front gardens and picture-perfect windows, always returning to June, an irrepressible adolescent Chinese-Canadian coming of age in this shifting world. Through June and her neighbours, Leung depicts the fine line where childhood meets the realities of adult life, and examines, with insight and sharp prose, how difficult it is to be true to ourselves at any age.

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Critical Praise

Praise for The Wondrous Woo — 

City of Toronto Book Award Finalist — 

The Wondrous Woo is the kind of tale that can bring out the super-hero in readers too.” —Buried in Print

“Carrianne Leung moves beyond the genre of youth lit by honestly confronting loss, love, sex, culture, mental health and the vulnerabilities that these experiences expose.” —Schema magazine

“With compassion and masterful storytelling, Leung walks us past neat front yards to show us that life in the suburbs isn’t as tidy as it seems. That Time I Loved You is about children losing innocence and adults burying pain, and yet also a hopeful portrayal of friendship, kinship, community.” —Farzana Doctor, author of All Inclusive

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9781443452861
  • ISBN 10: 1443452866
  • Imprint: HarperCollins Publishers
  • On Sale: 03/27/2018
  • Pages: 224
  • List Price: 22.99 CAD
  • BISAC1: FICTION / Literary
  • BISAC2: FICTION / General
  • BISAC3: FICTION / Family Life

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