The Story of Us with Catherine Hernandez

27may5:00 pm6:00 pmThe Story of Us with Catherine HernandezWith Catherine Hernandez & Natasha Ramoutar

Speakers for this event

  • Catherine Hernandez

    Catherine Hernandez


    CATHERINE HERNANDEZ (she/her) is a queer woman of Filipino, Spanish, Chinese and Indian descent who married into the Navajo Nation. Her first novel, Scarborough, was a finalist for Canada Reads 2022, and the film adaptation, for which she wrote the screenplay, won eight Canadian Screen Awards. Her second novel, Crosshairs, was shortlisted for the Toronto Book Award, and her latest novel, The Story of Us, was published in February, 2023.



  • Natasha Ramoutar

    Natasha Ramoutar


    Natasha Ramoutar is a writer of Indo-Guyanese descent from Scarborough. Her debut poetry collection Bittersweet was published in 2020 by Mawenzi House and she co-edited FEEL WAYS, an anthology of Scarborough writing. Her second poetry collection It Keeps Us Here will be out fall 2024 from Wolsak & Wynn.



Event Details

Join acclaimed author Catherine Hernandez in conversation with author Natasha Ramoutar about Catherine’s latest novel, The Story of Us.

The Story of Us by Catherine Hernandez

Like many Overseas Filipino Workers, Mary Grace Concepcion has lived a life of sacrifices. First, she left her husband, Ale, to be a caregiver in Hong Kong. Now, she has travelled even farther, to Canada, in the hopes of one day sponsoring Ale and having children of their own.

But when she arrives in Toronto, she must navigate a series of bewildering and careless employers and unruly children. Mary Grace seeks new employment as a Personal Support Worker and begins caring for Liz, an elderly patient suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, whose health is as fragile as her rundown bungalow beside the Rouge River in Scarborough. While Mary Grace’s time with her charge challenges her conservative beliefs, she soon becomes Liz’s biggest ally, and the friendship that grows between them will turn out to be just as legendary as Liz’s past.

Beautifully narrated by the all-seeing eye of Mary Grace’s newborn baby, The Story of Us is a novel about sisterhood, about blood and chosen family, and about how belonging can be found where we least expect it.


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