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Amit - March 8, 2015

5.0 out of 5 stars This book is good, I mean seriously good., 16 May 2012ByJulie-Dawn Parry Jules the wtrier (manchester UK) See all my reviewsAmazon Verified Purchase(What is this?)This review is from: With a Closed Fist: Growing Up in Canada’s Toughest Neighbourhood (Paperback)This book is good, I mean seriously good.The voice of young Kathys is unique and for me,(and I suspect for most people) so is her story. It’s a moving and thought provoking account detailing her earliest childhood memories. This book will make you weep for a little girl who had to survive the hand she was dealt in Point St Charles But be ready to laugh out loud at some of her thoughts (especially when she meets Mr Levy), her interpretations (Is he asking me if I fuck my relations?) and (more often) her deeds.Yes, it’s a story of poverty but more than anything its a story of family loyalty and a deep bond with her sisters. A tough but surprisingly innocent kid in an even tougher environment Kathy isn’t looking for pity and that becomes obvious immediately. However she paints a vivid picture of the slum conditions she grew up in, of going to bed hungry night after night, of having very few possessions (you can only carry so many bin bags when you move house in the middle of the night)of a largely absent but much loved father, as well as a lack of basic underwear.Its a well written book, Kathy Dobson doesn’t over dramatise the events taking place in her childhood but every chapter grips the reader and you really do want to see what happens next’ so don’t start this book too late in the evening, you won’t sleep until you know.Young Kathys’ voice will stay with me for quite some time I suspect my fear of sitting on the loo will too.

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