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Denise B. for Giant by Aga Maksimowska

Toronto, ON

This is mordantly funny writing about the traumas of adolescent life first under communism in Poland, and then under democracy in Canada. I've never seen writing about life during this era in Poland, nor about the Polish immigrant experience. It's the humour of the underdog who has no control over the life adults and hormones hand her, a girl who can help herself only by cracking wise. Humour deserves to be better respected in the Canadian literary canon. Let's start with this book.
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