Carrianne Leung wins $10K prize for short fiction collection That Time I Loved You
Leung was awarded the Danuta Gleed Literary Award, which annually honours the best first collection of short fiction. The award is administered by the Writers' Union of Canada.
The Toronto-based writer set her collection in 1970s Scarborough, Ont., trespassing quietly on the residents of a multiracial neighbourhood, which is reeling in the aftermath of a series of suicides.
"In That Time I Loved You, Leung skillfully captures the desires and anguish that lie beneath the surface of seemingly peaceful suburban lives," said jury members Heather O'Neill, Ayelet Tsabari and Richard Van Camp in a press release.
"These beautifully conceived linked stories tell of love and secrets, racism and violence, and reveal the fragility of belonging and the pain of growing up. This is an exquisite and original collection, told with great empathy and glimmering with magic and hope."
Leung is also the author of the YA book The Wonderous Woo.