Welcome to the first installment of reviews for Dominion City Brewing Co’s Beer and Book Club releases. This was July’s pick, and I will also share my thoughts on the beer as well!
Author: David Chariandy
Synopsis: Coming of age in The Park, a cluster of town houses and leaning concrete towers in the disparaged outskirts of a sprawling city, Michael and Francis battle against the careless prejudices and low expectations that confront them as young men of black and brown ancestry–teachers stream them into general classes; shopkeepers see them only as thieves; and strangers quicken their pace when the brothers are behind them. Always Michael and Francis escape into the cool air of the Rouge Valley, a scar of green wilderness that cuts through their neighbourhood, where they are free to imagine better lives for themselves.
Sam’s Review: I thought this was a fantastic book to read! As a Scarborough native, reading this book was like coming home in a lot of ways. The descriptions of the neighbourhood that Michael and Francis lives is not far from where I was born and grew up. This is a book about family, bad choices, forgiveness, and growing up. There’s instances of racism, carding, and the book looks at what it means to grow up as Trinidadian immigrants whose father has disappeared and mother is taking on both parental roles. This book was super sad, very heartbreaking, and there was one part that had me in complete tears. I read this book in a day, in two sittings, because Chariandy weaves such a compelling story in such a short amount of pages. I highly recommend this book!
Earl Grey Marmalade Saison – A favourite that I have had before. Will buy a case of it providing it’s available the next time I am in Ottawa.
People Need People Light Beer – Absolutely crisp and refreshing.
Shed No Tears Tropical Stout – Not a stout drinker and sadly this didn’t convert me. I liked the idea of the topical stout, but it just didn’t work for me.