What Belongs

By F.B. Andre

What Belongs
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In this new collection of stories, F.B. Andre explores what it means to "belong." Frequently his stories portray individuals involved in mixed relationships, of different cultures and races or backgrounds, of people struggling to feel at home with themselves and their situations. ... Read more


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In this new collection of stories, F.B. Andre explores what it means to "belong." Frequently his stories portray individuals involved in mixed relationships, of different cultures and races or backgrounds, of people struggling to feel at home with themselves and their situations. Andre depicts characters newly arrived in Canada as well as those who have called Canada home for generations. With his wonderful ear for dialogue, Andre allows us to listen in on things that are deeply felt, and we are reminded that the unsaid often reveals more than that which is said. In the title story, "What Belongs," Andre depicts a contemporary researcher interviewing a descendant of one of the boatload of Afro Americans that Governor James Douglas invited to settle in British Columbia in 1858. Moving backwards and forwards from the present to the past, Andre asks, When does a place become home? When can you stake your claim? When does it become automatic that we are from here, that we belong?

F.B. Andre

F.B. André was born in San Fernando, Trinidad, in 1955. After immigrating to Canada in 1971, he worked at diverse jobs – bartender, gold miner, factory worker, café owner and program administrator – and these many experiences have enriched his writing. His first collection, The Man Who Beat The Man, was published in 2000 by NeWest Press. His collection of short stories with Ronsdale, What Belongs, contains a number of hard-hitting stories set both in Canada and the Caribbean. He lives in Vancouver.

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