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When We Were Good

by Suzanne Sutherland

tagged: homosexuality, death & dying, music
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list price: $14.95
edition:Paperback
published: Apr 2012
pages: 240
ISBN:9781927513118
publisher: Three O'Clock Press
imprint: Sumach Press
Description

The year 2000 isn't starting out too well for Toronto high school senior Katherine Boatman. Not only has her oldest friend ditched her for yet another boyfriend, her beloved grandmother died on New Year's Eve leaving a void of goodness in her life that Katherine's not sure how to fill. While overwhelmed with sadness and self-doubt, Katherine unexpectedly finds new love, both for Toronto's underground music scene and for her would-be saviour: a straight edge, loud mouth misfit named Marie. As Katherine seeks comfort in jagged guitars, mind-reading poets and honest conversations, she struggles to figure out not only what she and Marie might mean to each other, but also what it truly means to be good.

About the Author

Suzanne Sutherland is the author of two previous novels, Something Wiki and When We Were Good, which was a finalist for the inaugural Speaker's Young Authors Award and selected for the American Library Association's Rainbow List. She lives in Toronto.

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Contributor Notes

Suzanne Sutherland is a Toronto-based writer. Her short fiction has appeared in various magazines and literary journals such as Descant and Steel Bananas, and she is the co-founder of the Toronto Zine Library. When We Were Good is her first book.

Recommended Age and Grade
Age:
14 to 18
Grade:
9 to 12
Editorial Reviews

Suzanne Sutherland's debut novel is a stunning, heartbreaking Toronto/punk/lesbian coming-of-age story that will deeply affect everyone who's ever had, y'know, feelings. If you aren't compelled to mark up your hands with X's or start a band after reading this book, you probably never will be.

— Evan Munday, author of <em>The Dead Kids Detective Agency</em>

Finally, the definitive Toronto novel for a new generation of readers. Suzanne Sutherland's When We Were Good is an ode to the city, to music, and to falling in love.

— Kerry Clare, writer and editor at the 49th Shelf