With a Closed Fist: Growing Up in Canada's Toughest Nighbourhood

Kathy Dobson

"Dobson has enormous talent, and we all must be thankful that she did beat the odds and find her way through the maze of deprivation and violence to speak her truths in such a creative and telling book." –Pat Capponi, Globe and Mail

“Kathy Dobson vividly gives us a surprisingly clear glimpse through a child’s eyes of what it is like to live in poverty. Her language rings true as it portrays lives of people struggling every day and night with the physical, economic, emotional and political assaults of poverty and its constant humiliations.  This is a rare insider expose.”

-  Linda Savory Gordon, Assoc. Professor, Dept. of Community Development and Social Work, Algoma University


“This is as authentic a description, language and all, of life in the Point during the 60s and 70s as it is possible to get. Poverty, hunger, love, abuse, ingenuity, survival, intelligence, language wars— they are all there; fierce optimism and laugh-out-loud humour carry the story along. That is the way it was. I know , I was there.”
- Nicolas Steinmetz, MD