Dear Current Occupant

Dear Current Occupant

A Memoir

Book - 2018
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From Vancouver-based writer Chelene Knight, Dear Current Occupant is a creative nonfiction memoir about home and belonging set in the 80s and 90s of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. Using a variety of forms including letters, essays and poems, Knight reflects on her childhood through a series of letters addressed to all of the current occupants now living in the twenty different houses she moved in and out of with her mother and brother. From blurry non-chronological memories of trying to fit in with her own family as the only mixed East Indian/Black child, to crystal clear recollections of parental drug use, Knight draws a vivid portrait of memory that still longs for a place and a home. Peering through windows and doors into intimate, remembered spaces now occupied by strangers, Knight writes to them in order to deconstruct her own past. From the rubble of memory she then builds a real place in order to bring herself back home.
Publisher: Toronto : BookThug, 2018
ISBN: 9781771663908
Branch Call Number: c828 K69d
Characteristics: 131 pages : illustrations (chiefly colour), 1 map, portrait ; 20 cm


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Knight recalls the 'moving parts' of her Vancouver childhood through a series of letters, poems and essays.

This is a deeply personal deconstruction of Vancouver-based writer Chelene Knight's fraught childhood growing up in over 20 different Vancouver homes during the 80s and 90s.

Told through a series of letters, this memoir was awarded the 2018 City of Vancouver Book Award. "The writing here is lush, lyrical. Mesmerizing."—The Star

Delve into Vancouver-based writer Chelene Knight's memoir of growing up in the 80s and 90s in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside.

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Dec 28, 2018

The poetry of looking for home and finding one's self.

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