That Time I Loved You

by Carrianne Leung

On Sale: 03/27/2018

That Time I Loved You

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That Time I Loved You

by Carrianne Leung

On Sale: 03/27/2018


Toronto Book Award

CBC Canada Reads

About the Book

Winner of the Danuta Gleed Literary Award

Finalist for the Toronto Book Award

Longlisted for CBC Canada Reads

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.

Critical Praise

Longlisted for the Toronto Book Award 

“Heartbreaking. . . . Leung’s stories lift the veiled curtain of late 1970s suburbia to reveal the sadness and isolation of its residents. . . . Written in the tradition of Alice Munro and Jhumpa Lahiri, Leung’s debut story collection marks the career of a writer to watch.”
Kirkus Reviews (starred)

“Heady, necessary writing from an author brilliantly talented and exquisitely attuned to the everyday in all of its desperation and rare beauty.” — David Chariandy, author of Brother and Soucouyant

“This is a [book] that dazzles with its subtly, that befriends its reader in the dead of night, that leaves a lasting impression and a new way of understanding people and the world.” — The Globe and Mail

“Eloquent and lingers in the mind.” — Canadian Living

“A compelling read.” — Maisonneuve

“Amazing, heart-breaking, probing, tender; apocalyptic, in the truest sense. With an activist’s compassion and a poet’s eye, Leung challenges everything we knew (or thought we knew) about the suburbs. . . . This is the best coming-of-age story I’ve read in a long time.” — Yasuko Thanh, author of The Mysterious Fragrance of the Yellow Mountains

“Leung reveals a suburb on the cusp of change, families whose names are no longer Smith and Watson, but rather Chow and Da Silva. Leung illuminates with clear unassuming prose and much compassion, a neighbourhood that is complex, disturbing, funny, sad and very human.” — Judy Fong Bates, author of Midnight at the Dragon Café and The Year of Finding Memory

That Time I Loved You made me laugh, cry, feel, and think. . . .[Leung’s] sharp writing spans racial, cultural, and class lines to find the heart and beauty of the individual lives within. I loved this book.” — Claire Cameron, author of The Bear and The Last Neanderthal

“At turns poignant, sad, haunting and funny.” — Larissa Lai, author of When Fox Is a Thousand and Salt Fish Girl

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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