"This moving, courageous portrait of coming of age in Halifax's North End provides an authentic, living depiction of marginalized communities. Challenging the city's racist past and present and its entrenched social strata, Burnet writes from the heart about diversity, revealing with an arresting intimacy how the lives and experiences of characters outside the cultural mainstream intersect. Her finely-honed, poetic prose gives the story's mix of toughness and tenderness a potent honesty and immediacy. Her young protagonist is exquisitely drawn - we feel Ada's hopes, anger, frustration and disappointment as she explores her identity in the LGBTQ2 community. This powerful novel of contemporary Halifax takes us inside realities many of us only know from the outside, and tells a universal story about community and the triumphs of marginalized individuals who survive forces that would defeat them."
Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award Jury