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Baldwin Street

Author: Rakoff, Alvin Set In . . .
 North America, Canada, Ontario, Toronto
Genre: Short Stories
Time Frame: 1930s
Published: 2007
Baldwin Street presents a vivid mosaic of characters, the rich fabric of a Jewish community, and a boy's coming-of-age on the dusty, rough-and-tumble streets of Toronto's Kensington Market. Leonard Abelson is one of seven children of immigrant parents. Leonard wants to be a writer. He witnesses the affections, fears, and meager hopes of his neighbors, which are fuel for his imagination. The novel comes to a superb climax in the story of Bernie Altman, a young boy whose senseless death is emblematic of the bigotry and violence that divides the "Wops" from the "Hymies" in Depression-era Toronto.
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