Night Town by Cathi Bond

Print Formats

253 pages
Publisher: Iguana Books ( May 13, 2013)

* I received an arc from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


 Maddy Barnes is the high-spirited daughter of a small town doctor and his beautiful, yet strong-minded wife. Maddy’s mother and grandfather hammer the family creed, “you must never falter” into the psyche of every child in the family. A philosophy her father despises, but Maddy embraces. Then something unthinkable happens and Maddy’s perfect
family implodes. They deal with it the only way they know, each retreating into impenetrable silos to nurse their grief alone.
But Maddy can’t. Her rage and pain are too unbearable to be contained. So on her sixteenth birthday, Maddy falls through the looking glass and leaves home forever. Only she doesn’t meet the Mad Hatter and the Queen of Hearts.
Instead Maddy tumbles down through the rings of hell, into the unknown Toronto of the 1970s – an unknown world of street drugs, bikers, body rub parlours and the first, heady days of the gay revolution.
Night Town is a search for love, family, identity and redemption, set against the rapidly changing social fabric of that time.

My Review:

  I enjoyed my trip to Night Town so much that when I looked up from reading it several hours had passed. I hadn't even gotten up to go to the bathroom. Oops. ( Just kidding) No, really Oops. It was an harrowing novel in places and I found myself feeling Maddy's angst and struggles as if I was on the streets of Toronto with her. I wanted to hug her and tell her everything was going to be ok.I've read books like this one before but the author gives it a fresh perspective. She captured the voice of a hurt, confused teenager well and left us with the hope that Maddy was going to be just fine. A lovely debut novel. So... I'm going to give it:

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Compelling, intriguing and moving, Night Town explores the struggles of a young woman grappling with tragic personal loss and the birth of her sexuality in an emotionally and sexually repressive culture.
Judy Rebick – Activist, author of Transforming Power and Occupy This

Maddy’s journey of self-discovery is also a journey into a dangerous Toronto we rarely hear about. Fast-paced, heart-wrenching and riveting. I couldn’t put it down.
Adrienne Mitchell – Producer and Director, Durham County and Bomb Girls

Available in soft cover and as an e-book on May 13, 2013 from Iguana Books and all major on-line book stores.
Cathi Bond has written extensively about contemporary culture in print and on the Internet, worked in television, and is a well known broadcaster for CBC Radio, where she was a columnist on DNTO and is currently a regular contributor to Spark. She is also one of Canada’s
podcast pioneers. Night Town, which has been optioned by Back Alley Films, is her first novel. She divides her time between Toronto and a farm in rural Ontario.
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  1. What a great review. You have me wanting to read ,,, now. I'm going to see if I can find it on Kindle.



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