Brother An intensely beautiful searingly powerful tightly constructed novel Brother explores questions of masculinity family race and identity as they are played out in a Scarborough housing complex dur
  • Title: Brother
  • Author: David Chariandy
  • ISBN: 9781635572049
  • Page: 448
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Brother
    An intensely beautiful, searingly powerful, tightly constructed novel, Brother explores questions of masculinity, family, race, and identity as they are played out in a Scarborough housing complex during the sweltering heat and simmering violence of the summer of 1991 With shimmering prose and mesmerizing precision, David Chariandy takes us inside the lives of Michael andAn intensely beautiful, searingly powerful, tightly constructed novel, Brother explores questions of masculinity, family, race, and identity as they are played out in a Scarborough housing complex during the sweltering heat and simmering violence of the summer of 1991 With shimmering prose and mesmerizing precision, David Chariandy takes us inside the lives of Michael and Francis They are the sons of Trinidadian immigrants, their father has disappeared and their mother works double, sometimes triple shifts so her boys might fulfill the elusive promise of their adopted home Coming of age in The Park, a cluster of town houses and leaning concrete towers in the disparaged outskirts of a sprawling city, Michael and Francis battle against the careless prejudices and low expectations that confront them as young men of black and brown ancestry teachers stream them into general classes shopkeepers see them only as thieves and strangers quicken their pace when the brothers are behind them Always Michael and Francis escape into the cool air of the Rouge Valley, a scar of green wilderness that cuts through their neighbourhood, where they are free to imagine better lives for themselves Propelled by the pulsing beats and styles of hip hop, Francis, the older of the two brothers, dreams of a future in music Michael s dreams are of Aisha, the smartest girl in their high school whose own eyes are firmly set on a life elsewhere But the bright hopes of all three are violently, irrevocably thwarted by a tragic shooting, and the police crackdown and suffocating suspicion that follow.With devastating emotional force David Chariandy, a unique and exciting voice in Canadian literature, crafts a heartbreaking and timely story about the profound love that exists between brothers and the senseless loss of lives cut short with the shot of a gun.
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  • David Chariandy

    David Chariandy is a Canadian writer and one of the co founders of Commodore Books His debut novel Soucouyant was nominated for ten literary prizes and awards, including the 2009 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award longlisted , the 2007 Scotiabank Giller Prize longlisted , the 2007 Governor General s Award for Fiction finalist , the 2007 ForeWord Book of the Year Award for literary fiction from an independent press gold winner , the 2008 Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Book of Canada and the Caribbean shortlisted , the 2008 Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize of the British Columbia Book Prizes shortlisted , the 2008 City of Toronto Book Award shortlisted , the 2008 One Book, One Vancouver of the Vancouver Public Library shortlisted , the 2008 Relit Award for best novel from a Canadian independent press shortlisted , and the 2007 Books in Canada First Novel Award shortlisted.Chariandy has a MA from Carleton and a PhD from York University He lives in Vancouver and teaches in the department of English at Simon Fraser University.His second novel, entitled Brother, is forthcoming from McClleland and Stewart.


  • 3.5ish 4 stars I thought that this was quite good I loved how it focused on not only a family, but a community too The area where this is set is inhabited by a lot of immigrants from different places and their children They come from all parts of the world but they all make up one community now What I loved was that sense of lots of different cultures being integrated into the community I m from a rural Irish town so everyone I know here is Irish and there aren t other cultures celebrated around [...]

  • I grew up in the neighbourhood this novel is set in, and am also a child of West Indian immigrants, so this book really resonated with me The familiarity of the settings, along with the realistic story of living in a low income suburb, made this all too relatable I particularly identified with Michael, as he navigated violence, and rumours of violence, that ran rampant within this community, while also trying to hold the best interests of his too hard worked, sometimes absent, mother at heart Ha [...]

  • Absolutely blew me away From the first page I just knew I d be utterly destroyed by the end It just takes a while to get used to the sudden jumps in timeline Chapters have no headings or identifiable differences from one another to mark whether the new chapter exists in the past or present, so one must read a few pages of each chapter to reorient oneself in terms of plot and storyline.ABsolutely incredible one of my all time canadian favorites I highly recommend it.

  • Brother is an emotional read, not least because, from the outset, the reader has a sense of inevitability that promising lives will be unfulfilled or end tragically Danger seems always close at hand in the area where the family live Always, there were stories on TV and in the papers of gangs, killings in bad neighbourhoods, predators roaming close The relationship between the two brothers is beautifully rendered, with Francis acting as protector and guide to his younger brother There is also a s [...]

  • There is always a story connected to Mother and me, a story made all the frightening through each inventive retelling among neighbours It is a story, effectively vague, of a young man deeply troubled , and of a younger brother carrying history , and of a mother showing now the creep of madness.Here s my awful confession Whenever I hear that there s been some gang related shooting in Scarborough, it doesn t feel like a full blown tragedy to me you run with gangs, you run those risks naturally, I [...]

  • A short novel without a wasted word that packs a powerful punch, exploring issues of immigration, poverty, masculinity family and racism, set in a Scarborough housing complex A novel set in the same location, exploring the same themes, that I read earlier this year read like it was written by someone that took a creative writing class albeit, still a worthy debut In comparison, Chariandy writes like someone that could be teaching master classes A great addition to Canadian urban grit lit.

  • I better see this book on ALL the awards lists this fall Read my friend Robert s review to understand why this book is so incredible.

  • You can find my review on my blog by clicking here.There are novels out there that are strangely tagged fiction for simply being the result of someone s imagination This one however strives to show you that even fiction can break through its walls, goad its readers, and make us wonder if it isn t a true story Brother tackles on the story of Michael and Francis, two kids living in a Scarborough housing complex right in the heart of Toronto, Canada, in 1991 Weighed down by the expectations of thei [...]

  • this book is heartbreakingly good, evocative, timely necessary the novel has been longlisted for canada s 100,000 giller prize, and it is now my frontrunnerariandy is a beautiful writer.

  • Want to see bookish things from me Check out my youtube channel youtube channel UCfer I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review 2.5 5 Stars Michael and Francis, sons of a Trinidad immigrant, live in Scarbrough, Canada Francis dreams of a future in music and Michael has his eyes set on Aisha, a smart girl from his high school After a tragic shooting, police are suspicious of the brothers and those they associate with I loved how this was set in Canada and so close to where [...]

  • For such a short novel, this one sure packs a punch In an American Dream gone wrong story, Ruth had brought her family to Canada from the Caribbean in the hopes of making a better life for her family This novel follows her sons, Francis and Michael, as they come of age in a housing complex in the Greater Toronto Area Their options for the future are limited by the climate of poverty, racism, and violence in which they live This is definitely not a feel good read I was numb by the end of it but a [...]

  • Thank you to the publisher and for a free copy of Brother Holy shit, you guys This is an incredible look at racism, police brutality, masculinity, and music Shifting between the 1990s and present day Scarborough, the book is timely and powerful And it is beautifully written short, but every word packs a punch, and it s the sort of thing you want to read slowly and reread.And I would say , but honestly, don t waste your time reading my review Go and start Brother.

  • There is so much packed into this slim book by David Chariandy Brother explores topics that many would describe as timely, but that he describes as being felt by many for far too long Chariandy dives into race, masculinity, police violence, community, the immigrant experience, and the power of music with striking precision and depth.Michael and his older brother, Francis, live in a community called The Park in Scarborough, Ontario Raised by their hard working Trinidadian mother, the boys are oft [...]

  • Heartbreakingly beautiful.This book is incredible An extremely emotional, powerful, evocative and heart rending piece of prose Yes, I m an emotional mess now But really, guys, what a great book, and what a talented author It was worth every single tear Hats off I should write , I know, and maybe I ll do it later, when I gather my thoughts Copy provided by the Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

  • Received a copy of Brother by David Chariandy through the GoodReads First Reads Giveaway program in exchange for an honest review Becoming a young man is hard anywhere in the world, there are just certain fundamentals that help make it a little bit of a smooth transition Coming of age without a father figure is an impediment for sure, especially for two young men doing their best to stay tough and protect their house in a world filled with prejudices and an environment built on fear and reputat [...]

  • I read both Soucouyant and Brother back to back which was a mistake because Brother seemed to me to be a re writing of Soucouyant Both books bear the same description Two brothers from Trinidadian parents, living in Scarborough, the younger one left behind with a mentally unstable mother, with a one dimensional girlfriend and an absent father What pushes my rating to a 4 star for both books is the mood that Chariandy sets in his novels There is a sense of dread throughout but also of love and lo [...]

  • In awe of this masterpiece As a fellow Trinidadian immigrant to Canada, these characters really resonated, as he captured the challenges of xenophobia, white supremacy, anti blackness, etc.

  • Fans of Junot Diaz, Eden Robinson, Colson Whitehead Elizabeth Strout this is a must add to your to read shelves for Fall 2017.

  • David Chariandy s first novel Soucouyant, was nominated for nearly every major literary prize in Canada and published internationally His second novel, Brother is recently released and it too is racking up accolades.Brother is the first reading of this author for me and I was blown away.1991 Scarborough, Ontario Michael and Francis are the children of Trinidadian immigrants, living with their mother in a housing complex in this urban center Their mother dreams of and better for her sons and wor [...]

  • I read the majority of this book in one sitting thanks to Penguin Random House Canada for the advanced copy , though not just because it is a short book Don t let its length fool you it is a beautifully layered story that grasps at the core of almost everything it tackles I finished it fast because it was just too good to put down.For me, the story s binding tie is about how circumstance defines a person, and this manifests itself in so many ways, but never feels like anything is short changed S [...]

  • Brother reached into me without announcement, almost belatedly, like the feeling of missing a final train then turning to see a ghost train smoking, skeletal on the tracks You don t know whether you should run or whether you should go to it You should go to Brother So unassuming it reads like a shadow twin folded into a living child s spine, this novel is a precious, gentle construction of home states and home stasis, a lyrical dirge to the fallen, a thorny crucifix for the living to carry.

  • Easy read Contemporary style of writing Treats issues of race, gender and particularly immigration how people who have certain traits ie live in a specific problematic neighborhood, come from a specific race, etc are bound to fail in life as they face low expectations and prejudice from society all along Not a lot happens in the story and it makes you feel as if you re in it, every day life type of scenarios Unfortunately, not my favorite type of book.

  • A fast moving story about one family yet seemingly also about the structures that hold racialized kids back Toronto specific if you re into that sort of thing, and lots of music references.

  • I really enjoyed the Scarborough setting of this story a beautifully detailed picture of the frustrations of life for immigrant families in the outer suburbs You could feel it hear it taste it smell it The pacing and the dialogue were perhaps a little weaker than the portrait drawing, but it was a powerful story that made important points.

  • This book is long listed for Canada Reads I pretty much inhaled it tonight Wow A beautiful book that drew me in from the first page So many layers I still need to process it all

  • I rarely read books in a day, but I could not put this down It s as readable as it is challenging, as emotionally raw as it is narratively and stylistically polished This is a masterful book I ll be rereading and recommending it for years

  • I won a copy of this book on in exchange for an honest review I really enjoyed this book, it was well written and had a great flow and also had great imagery I read this book in one sitting A great little book A must read for anyone that grew up in Scarborough or anywhere in the GTA as well as anyone coming of age in the late 80 s and early 90 s.

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