Format: Trade Paperback
Size: 5.5" x 8.5"
Publication Date: June 26, 2021
FIC019000 FICTION / Literary
FIC051000 FICTION / Cultural Heritage
FIC014000 FICTION / Historical / General
Cyril Rowntree, a mixed race Jamaican, migrates to Canada after his mother and surrogate grandfather die. Cyril arrives in Toronto and sets about earning a degree, works two jobs and begins to navigate his way through the implications of being racialized in his new land.
A chance encounter with a panhandler named Patricia leads Cyril to a suitcase full of photographs and letters dating back to the early 1920s. Cyril is drawn into the letters and their story of a white mother’s struggle to come to terms with the need to give up her mixed race baby, Edward. Abandoned by his white father as a small child, Cyril feels a compelling connection to the boy and begins to look for the rest of Edward’s story.
As he searches, Cyril unearths hidden pieces of Canadian history and gradually gains the confidence to trust his own judgment.