Synopses & Reviews
Vancouver, host of the 2010 Olympics, is a city of startling contrasts. A prosperous urban center, it is also home to the Downtown Eastside, Canada’s poorest neighborhood and one of North America’s most notorious districts, a bleak landscape transformed by addiction and poverty. But many of its residents defy these surroundings, driven by a sense of community, kinship, and, above all, hope. This book is a project of the Pivot Legal Society, which supplied cameras to the Downtown Eastside’s residents to document their own lives; the result, accompanied by moving first-person narratives, is an intimate social documentary of an at-risk urban community that will change one’s view of society as we know it, and of those who are forced to live in its shadows.
The poignant story of an at-risk community, in its residents' own words and pictures.
About the Author
Brad Cran is a poet, essayist, and photographer. He lives in Vancouver. Gillian Jerome is a poet and teaches in the English Department at the University of British Columbia. She lives in Vancouver.