Crosshairs: A Novel

Category: Book
By (author): Hernandez, Catherine
Subject:  FICTION / Canadian
  FICTION / Dystopian
  FICTION / General
  FICTION / Literary
Audience: general/trade
Publisher: HarperCollins
Published: September 2020
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 9.00in x 6.00in x 0.76in
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Additional Notes

From The Publisher*

The author of the acclaimed novel Scarborough weaves an unforgettable and timely dystopian account of a near-future when a queer Black performer and his allies join forces against an oppressive regime that is rounding up those deemed "Other" in concentration camps.

In a terrifyingly familiar near-future, with massive floods that lead to rampant homelessness and devastation, a government-sanctioned regime called the Boots seizes the opportunity to force communities of colour, the disabled and the LGBTQ2S into labour camps in the city of Toronto.

In the shadows, a new hero emerges. After his livelihood and the love of his life are taken away, Kay joins the resistance alongside Bahadur, a transmasculine refugee, and Firuzeh, a headstrong social worker. Guiding them in the use of weapons and close-quarters combat is Beck, a rogue army officer who helps them plan an uprising at a major internationally televised event.

With her signature prose, described by Booklist as "raw yet beautiful, disturbing yet hopeful," Catherine Hernandez creates a vision of the future that is all the more terrifying because it is very possible. A cautionary tale filled with fierce and vibrant characters, Crosshairs explores the universal desire to thrive, to love and to be loved as your true self.  

Review Quote*
  • Finalist for the City of Toronto Book Awards 2017
  • Finalist for the Edmund White Debut Fiction Award 2018
  • Finalist for the Half the World Global Literary Award 2017
  • Finalist for the Trillium Award
  • Finalist, Ontario Library Association Forest of Reading Evergreen Award 2018
  • Longlisted for Canada Reads 2018
  • A Globe & Mail, National Post, and Quill & Quire Best Book of the Year
  • A Top Ten Audible Book 2017
  • A CBC Books Writer to Watch 2017
  • Queen's Reads Selection 2018
Review Quote*"Rooted from within the worldview and place it portrays, Scarborough is an intimate portrait of a community with all its nuances and desires deftly captured ... Brick by brick, life by life, Scarborough delivers an orchestral impact, one small, beautiful voice at a time."
Review Quote*"In her dexterous debut, Catherine Hernandez powerfully centres the margins by interlacing narratives that spotlight the beauty that thrives beyond the big city."
Review Quote*"Scarborough marks the arrival of a fierce new voice in Canadian fiction. Hernandez has rendered one of the most vibrant portraits of contemporary suburbia I've yet encountered."
Review Quote*"Scarborough is raw yet beautiful, disturbing yet hopeful ... it also gives voice to people whose stories are often unheard, making this an important book that deserves a wide audience."
Review Quote*"Hernandez goes deeper than most writers dare when it comes to the complexities of racial and cultural violences, unafraid to unpack the explicit and implicit prejudices that inform her characters' behaviours, white and racialized alike ... This is a crucial book for Toronto, and a shining example for writers concerned with the cultural tensions of the now."
Review Quote*"[Scarborough] is a town coloured by its people, brutal when it's rough, comfortably home when it feels like it or when it doesn't. And this is a story on the reckoning of privilege and the acceptance of difference."
Review Quote*"An engrossing read ... Hernandez sets us running down that subway corridor, anxious for what comes around the next corner. Heartbreak, to be sure. But also unexpected joys and big lessons. Highly recommended."
Review Quote*"[Scarborough is] a celebration of community, a sensitive and compassionate portrayal of how lives are irrevocably changed, moment by moment, through small acts of kindness or cruelty. It's a novel that deserves to be read widely."