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Product Details

  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: House of Anansi Press; Reprint edition (September 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0887849644
  • ISBN-13: 978-0887849640
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 6.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,358,568 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This captivating glimpse into the lives of three twentysomethings showcases Whittall’s ability to create complex characters. Connected through social circles in their Toronto neighborhood, they struggle to accept the past while mapping out the future: Josh, a female-to-male transgender works strenuous shifts as a paramedic and tries to erase from his mind the atrocities he witnesses daily; Amy, his ex-girlfriend and an amateur filmmaker, lives off of her wealthy parents; and Billy, a former child pop star, now endures extreme anxiety attacks. As the three become wrapped up in each others’ lives, the emotional roller coaster dips and rises. Haunted by memories of the tragedy of 9/11 and of the rampant fear of a SARS epidemic, which served as the scenery of their youth, this new generation’s members proclaim their true feelings through text messages and drown their excess emotion in booze. A poignant climax seems almost like a dream as the characters drift toward the shattering conclusion. An unforgettable depiction of growing up in the new millennium. --Annie McCormick

About the Author

Zoe Whittall's first novel, Bottle Rocket Hearts, was a Top 100 book from The Globe and Mail. Whittall lives in Toronto.
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Zoe Whittall was born in Quebec in 1976, and is the author of two literary novels and three poetry books. Holding Still for as Long as Possible (2010) was a Stonewall Book Award honor book, and was shortlisted for the ReLit Award. Bottle Rocket Hearts (2007) was selected as one of CBC's Canada Reads top ten most important books of the decade, and named a best book of the year by The Globe & Mail. She lives in Toronto.

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Zoe might try a little too hard to be deep here; the story's fine, but the constant first-person perspective changes make it difficult to connect with a character, and the "everyone is broken" theme gets a bit old. It's a good effort, but it doesn't offer much new and I think it would've been more engaging if the transgender issues were explored more deeply, rather than getting caught up in a fallen star's anxiety. I didn't hate it, but I didn't love it, either; if you're into modern-day, slightly depressing reality with a cliche happy ending, this is for you.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lynn Randolph on December 9, 2010
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I really enjoyed this book. Having grown up in Toronto, I really felt the atmosphere of the city through the pages while I'm living far away. Whittall's characters were deep and engaging - their flaws believable, and their anxieties real. The book left me wanting more, and that's not a bad thing.
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