My Best Friend
CBC Literary Award 1st Prize Nonfiction 2010
He's nine, I'm seven.
and he doesn't like math or English. His hair is too long. He hangs out with the only other bad boy around. They play cop show, two-wheeled daredevil, or famous rock star. I don't know these games.
as the hooker in a game of cop show, but my brother says no, tells me to get lost. I go play alone in the strip of trees between our trailer and a field of rye.
Our bodies are big, adult-size, though we are childlike inside.
"My Best Friend tells the story of a sister and brother over a span of 35 years. In prose that is both muscular and poetic, the writer describes her relationship with her troubled brother, from the innocence of their difficult childhood to the grim realities of his adult addictions. It is an unflinching and poignant account of the burdens and comforts of family, and the shifts of balance between siblings." -CBC 2010 Nonfiction Judges; Charlotte Gray, Margaret Wente, and Don Gillmor.