The Agony of Bun O'KeefeBook - 2017
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When her mother tells her to, "Get out!" 14 year-old Newfoundlander Bun O'Keefe squeezes through the piles of trash bags and hoarded junk and leaves the family home, arriving in St. John's in November with no coat. Seeming to be without funds, common sense, street smarts, or social skills, she is scooped up by a busking young guitar player and taken home to a run-down building occupied by a family of outcasts: a drag queen former medical student, a Catholic school girl with guilt and secrets, a First Nations young man with a debt to repay, and a dishwasher with dreams of becoming a chef but currently a student at the culinary school. The attic-dwelling landlord is creepy and Bun is warned to steer clear of him. As the weeks go by, readers learn more about each of the characters. Bun finds friendship and acceptance in this loving family who nurture her in many ways. Readers cheer not only Bun, but her friends too, who are all struggling to find acceptance and a place to live their real lives. At the end there is hope for better things in 1987.
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