Carissa is a thoughtful, funny, insightful author who through her writing has the ability to draw you into the world she lives in. Little Yellow House is filled with honest stories of life that people can relate to, no matter where they live. We are invited to share in her family's experience living in a neighbourhood that most would not choose to live in, but in reading the stories, becomes a community where life is lived, relationships become meaningful and the hard realities of life are shared. Each chapter is a book unto itself, so is easy to read (for us with a low attention span) and feels like a 'full meal' when finished! Well done Carissa!!
I grew up in Edmonton, and Halton's book -- a beautiful, intimate portrait of a tight-knit, ramshackle community -- made me homesick. Whether it's the story of a close friend suffering from cancer, tales from the neighbourhood's sex workers, or Halton's daughter judo-chopping her husband Mat's groin, "Little Yellow House" offers an entertaining, deeply felt picture of neighbours, families, and friends coming together and supporting one another in the midst of real struggle. I heartily recommend it.
Carissa lives in the same city that I do; in an area I’ve been told to avoid. I’ve heard it’s the ‘rough part of town’: which meant I imagined an abundance of individuals who are prostitutes, drug users, and thieves. Carissa brings my simple and naïve black and white perception to full colour when she tells her stories of what it’s like to live in this neighbourhood. With heartbreaking reality, vibrant beauty, and moments of pure hilarity, Carissa tells us the expanded truth. And it’s so much more than I imagined.
The book had me grinning, then laughing out loud, and then it gripped me so that I thought I might read it to the end in one sitting. And then one chapter was so heart breaking that I had to put it down and think about it for a bit. This is a well written, enjoyable, and thought provoking tour of the author's neighbourhood and her diverse neighbours that will probably get you thinking about your own neighbourhood in new ways.
This is a book of stories. Not fictional ones, but stories of real people, living in real time and sharing a neighbourhood. Carissa’s descriptions draw you in and paint an honest (and sometimes unflattering) picture of life in an inner city community. Some stories are light and humourous, while others are sad, and yet others raise questions with no answers and problems with no solutions. Thus, the reader is left pondering.
Ms. Halton's book is a must read for anyone who wants to know what life in an inner-city neighbourhood is really like. Touching, funny, heartbreaking and honest, her stories illuminate the reality of inner-city life.