Clutch | Quill and Quire

Not yet 13, Joey Grosser feels he must become the man of the house when his father dies. This means working at the family grocery store, helping his sick mother, and tending his younger brother, David. It’s all too much for the boy at times and occasionally he makes bad decisions. Toronto author Heather Camlot’s debut novel unfolds in 1946 in an impoverished Jewish neighbourhood in Montreal’s Plateau region northeast of Mount Royal. This is the same time and place mined so vividly by Mordecai Richler in such books as The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz. Young Joey has something of the entrepreneurial spirit of Duddy, but he is also a boy with a conscience, scrupulously honest and loyal to friends. He is frankly a much better role model than Duddy ever was. The year 1946 is also when Jackie Robinson joined the Montreal Royals, becoming major league baseball’s first black player. Joey’s attempts to deal with stress and become financially successful are frequently compared to the problems

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