The protagonist narrates coming of age experiences in Montreal. Walking extensive distances across boroughs without being able to afford transit fare [...] I could relate. The neighbourhood landmarks, geographic and cultural details impressed me. The experience of travelling solo and broke has been shared by others [...] also that montreal was still full of charms large and small. That despite gritty notes like the realities of homeless people on the street during freezing cold winter [...] one could still come out appreciating it on the whole.
What We Choose to Remember features a cast of more than 30 characters, whose families arrived in successive waves of immigration. The oldest families arrived during the period of ‘two solitudes’ when Montreal’s population was more than 50% English. They share firsthand accounts decades of political upheaval. The most recent immigrants arrived believing linguistic conflicts were ancient history.
Our story takes place on the Indigenous lands of the Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk) nation of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy. Tiotià:ke (known as Montréal) has existed as a meeting place of many First Nation peoples, including but not limited to the Abenaki , Anishinaabeg (Algonquin), and the Huron-Wendat. We extend our deepest respect to the elders of these nations and to all Indigenous peoples who carry the history of this island’s land and waters. We also call upon all levels of government to adopt and implement the 94 recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation commission.