With a Closed Fist: Growing Up In Canada's Toughest Nighbourhood by Kathy DobsonWith a Closed Fist: Growing Up In Canada's Toughest Nighbourhood by Kathy Dobson

With a Closed Fist: Growing Up In Canada's Toughest Nighbourhood

byKathy Dobson

Paperback | October 1, 2011

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In the Point St. Charles of the author's childhood people move for one of two reasons: their apartment is on fire, or the rent is due. Starting in 1968, eight-year-old Kathy Dobson shares her early years growing up in Point St. Charles, an industrial slum in Montreal (now in the process of gentrification). She offers a glimpse into the culture of extreme poverty, giving an insider's view into a neighbourhood then described as the "toughest in Canada."

When student social workers and medical students from McGill University invade the Point, Kathy and her five sisters witness their mother transform from a defeated welfare recipient to an angry and confrontational community organizer who joins in the fight against a city that has turned a blind eye on some of its most vulnerable citizens. When her mother wins the right for Kathy and her two older sisters to attend schools in one of Montreal's richest neighbourhoods,Kathy is thrown into a foreign world with a completely different set of rules, leading to disastrous results.
Kathy Dobson has a B.A. from the University of Waterloo and two certificates in social work. A journalist, her work has appeared in the Globe and Mail, National Post, Ottawa Citizen, Montreal Gazette, and more. She has produced several short documentaries for CBC Radio, including one with hockey legend Bobby Orr. She lives in Waterloo,...
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Title:With a Closed Fist: Growing Up In Canada's Toughest NighbourhoodFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:October 1, 2011Publisher:VEHICULE PRESSLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1550653237

ISBN - 13:9781550653236

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inspiring One minute I was laughing, the next I was crying.Truly inspiring!
Date published: 2012-01-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from kept me laughing the whole way through A friend of mine kept bugging me to read this book so we could talk about it, she kept saying how every page made her laugh, and now that I've finally read it I know what she means. You love the narrator by the end of the first chapter, she's kind of a female Holden Caulfield. Just wish the book had been longer.
Date published: 2011-12-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved it I wanted to write a great big bookish review but I am pared down from reading your book. It is all deep and churning. Saying ‘I feel’ is too short. You made me feel right in my gut every emotion you went through I had to tell myself to calm down, it is not happening to me. Your book is so alive. I have never read a book as charged with moments as this one is. I had to stop and reflect all those powerful emotions you kept pulling out of me. I know that in any walk of life we are just plain human with the same feelings, the same crying need. Even with my lack of the daily experiences you went through. I recognized bits of me and our childhood were so far apart in all aspects. The small stuff, the words hidden in the corner of the bigger happenings, I got caught on the minuscule full of powerful meaning. It left me with the book on my lap and a need to get up and do something mundane to digest it. Someone had to tell this story and I am glad that it was one as talented as you.
Date published: 2011-12-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Memories Your book is as true now as it was then. Poverty continues to be shameful secret. So many have been touched by your story, your courage has opened the flood gates to other people feeling that they too can share what they lived through. I am proud of your courage to tell it as it was.
Date published: 2011-12-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from proud of book as a Point girl myself I am proud of Dobson for writting such a book. Many times I tell my girls about "THE POINT" and now they can read what it was like...my heat still belongs to Point St Charles. Great book
Date published: 2011-11-10