Susie Taylor's Even Weirder Than Before is an enjoyable chronicle of Daisy Radcliffe's life journey from Grade 8 through the end of high school in the late 80s/early 90s.
While Philip Huynh's The Forbidden Purple City is a collection of short stories, they reflect the experience of his generation's being born and growing up in Canada. As such, they are a refreshing perspective on their culture (past and present) that many of us are not familiar with, nor have we read much of the literature resulting from their life experiences.
Airborne: Finding Foxtrot Alpha Mike (2019, Goose Lane Editions) is the author's memoirs of his father, his love of flying and his cherished Smith biplane, known by its call letters, FAM.
Nadine is banished to a home for unwed mothers in 1950. She’s 15. Her baby daughter, whose father is shrouded in secrecy, is put up for adoption without her permission. Vowing to reunite one day with her daughter, she cuts all ties with her dysfunctional Irish and French-Canadian Catholic family whose past is cluttered with secrets, betrayals, incest and violence.
15-year-old Aileen never feels good enough to please her mother. When she pries up the floorboard at her aunt's house, she sheds a light on the dark secret she worked so hard to forget. Why does no one ever talk about her baby sister Claire and what happened to her?