Punching and Kicking: Leaving Canada’s Toughest Neighbourhood

Kathy Dobson

"Always unflinching and honest, often dealing in uncomfortable topics, speaking from the perspective of a young girl and then a young woman, moving from high school to college. The narrative is told in a way that doesn’t hold back...." - Erin MacLeod, Montreal Review of Books

"In a place between the profound and the profane, lives a raw, unapologetic, and funny voice of Kathy Dobson. In an honest and harrowing account of poverty, she tells a powerful story of resilience of a girl turned woman." –Merlyna Lim, Canada Research Chair, Carleton University