books - nobody cries at bingoBy Laura Dokis

The journey from the first chapter to the last takes many “forks in the road” and despite the fact that the story seems to be missing a plot, it’s a fun read.

Growing up in a complicated household surrounded by an extended family who live in First Nations and surrounding communities, Dawn looks at her growing years from a perspective that few others would. Underlying the detailed and humorous anecdotes she looks at her life almost from an outsider’s perspective. It leaves her lived pain, sadness and sorrow for one to contemplate rather than feel.

I was transported back to the seemingly simpler years of my own childhood, growing up with siblings, friends, fellow students, parents and extended family. It reminded me of the world of imagination and games that children play; ones who have not grown up with technology and the chaos of city living.

The book is easily digestible in chapter-sized bites, making it a good choice for readers who prefer to invest shorter lengths of reading time when they sit down to a novel.

Nobody Cries at Bingo”by Dawn Dumont. Thistledown Press. Paperback. 200 pages. ISBN 978-1-897235-84-3. Released: 2011