I bought this book because I was intrigued to read a book set in my neighbourhood in the 1980s. What did these streets feel like? What was Toronto like?
I ended up getting much more than that. This book is an immigrant story and a reminder of the need for immigrant stories.
Mary is an immigrant from Korea. Her parents pour every ounce of themselves into their store so that their children can have a better life. Mary feels trapped by the store and the expectations of the Korean life her parents want for her. She wants Canadian friends and a white boyfriend. She fights against everything her mother wants until a key events changes the cycle of mothers and daughters.
I really enjoyed this look into a different culture and the crushing expectations that it holds for the characters. It gives me a different view as I walk by the corner stores on Queen Street.
Having recently returned to Canada I also really enjoyed reading a good Canadian book and the story of teenagerhood in Canada.
If anyone reading this review has read the book, please tell me who is Kay???