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Too Much on the Inside by Danila Botha
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This is an insightful and compassionately written novel about the lives of four twenty-somethings who are recent arrivals to Toronto. Each grapples with their histories of trauma and dislocation and attempts to find love and belonging while navigating a new culture. This is very much a Toronto (and a love letter to Queen West) story seen through the eyes of those not born here.

The author did a terrific job exploring the aftermath of what it's like to grow up in contexts of violence, and how each character must ask themselves how they now can try to be good people--and who decides this for them (God? Parents? Oppressive government institutions?).

My only small critique was that issues of whiteness, colonialism and racism, central to each character (especially the two who grew up in apartheid and post-apartheid states), were addressed too obliquely.

I recommend this book. Its characters will stay with me for a long time.
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