Half-bads In White Regalia: A Memoir

May 31, 2022|
Half-bads In White Regalia: A Memoir by Cody Caetano
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A family tries to learn from the mistakes of past generations in this whirlwind memoir from a wholly original new voice.


The Caetanos move into a doomed house in the highway village of Happyland before an inevitable divorce pulls Cody’s parents in separate directions. His mom, Mindimooye, having discovered her Anishinaabe birth family and Sixties Scoop origin story, embarks on a series of fraught relationships and fresh starts. His dad, O Touro, a Portuguese immigrant and drifter, falls back into “big do, little think” behaviour, despite his best intentions.
 
Left alone at the house in Happyland, Cody and his siblings must fend for themselves, even as the pipes burst and the lights go out. His protective big sister, Kris, finds inventive ways to put food on the table, and his stoic big brother, Julian, facilitates his regular escapes into the world of video games. As life yanks them from one temporary solution to the next, they steal moments of joy and resist buckling under “baddie” temptations aplenty.
 
Capturing the chaos and wonder of a precarious childhood, Cody Caetano delivers a fever dream coming-of-age garnished with a slang all his own. Half-Bads in White Regalia is an unforgettable debut that unspools a tangled family history with warmth, humour, and deep generosity.
CODY CAETANO is a writer of Anishinaabe and Portuguese descent and an off-reserve member of Pinaymootang First Nation. He has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Toronto, where he wrote this memoir under the mentorship of Lee Maracle. Excerpts of Half-Bads in White Regalia earned him a 2020 Indigenous Voices Award for Unpu...
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Title:Half-bads In White Regalia: A Memoir
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:288 pages, 8.28 X 5.71 X 0.72 in
Shipping dimensions:288 pages, 8.28 X 5.71 X 0.72 in
Published:May 31, 2022
Publisher:Penguin Canada
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780735240858

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