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Cyril Dabydeen’s MY MULTI-ETHNIC FRIENDS & OTHER STORIES Reviewed in Ottawa Star

multiethnicfriendsGuernica Edition’s Cyril Dabydeen‘s latest book, My Multi-Ethnic Friends & Other Stories (Guernica 2013) has been reviewed in the Ottawa Star.

My Multi-Ethnic Friends & Other Stories highlights the struggles of immigrant life in a society that talks multiculturalism but doesn’t always walk it. The characters straddle many worlds and tend to feel comfortable in none — all overlaid with a healthy dose of humour, satire and subtle insights.

The Ottawa Star writes:

Here in this new volume are shifting spaces and changing lives forming the core of Dabydeen’s stories. Tropical places with verdant greenery are subverted; his sometimes stark images supplant the traditionally exotic. In Canada’s northern hemisphere, Dabydeen’s immigrant and non-immigrant characters delve into memories; whether Greek, Italian, Russian or West Indian, for them new situations resonate in northwestern Ontario, Toronto or Detroit.”

To read the full review, click here.

Cyril Dabydeen is a former Poet Laureate of Ottawa (1984-87), and he has published over 15 books, including eight collections of poetry. Cyril won the top Guyana Prize for Fiction in 2007 for his novel Drums of My Flesh, which was nominated for the prestigious International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and was a finalist for the Ottawa Book Award. His writing has also been nominated for the Pushcart Prize (US), the Journey Prize, and he has twice won the Okanagan Fiction Prize.

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