ROOM FOR ALL OF US
SURPRISING STORIES OF LOSS AND TRANSFORMATION
In this exciting and revealing personal inquiry, former governor general Adrienne Clarkson explores the immigrant experience through the people who have helped transform Canada.
The Canadians she befriends—whether an Ismaili doctor, a Holocaust survivor, a Chilean-Canadian artist, or a Vietnam War deserter—illustrate the changing idea of what it means to be Canadian and the kind of country we have created over the decades. Like her, many of the people who came here did not have a real choice: they often arrived friendless and with a sense of loss. Yet their struggles and successes have enriched Canada immeasurably. What drove them to become the kind of people they have become? What would have happened to them if Canada had not taken them in? What have they added to our national life us as we go forward in the twenty-first century?
Written with humour and insight, and enriched by Clarkson's own memories of her trajectory from Hong Kong refugee to distinguished Canadian figure, Room for All of Us is a tale of many destinies. It is a richly textured, intimate, and unforgettable portrait of a changing country and its people.
Adrienne Clarkson, Canada's twenty-sixth Governor General, has had a multi-faceted career as an accomplished broadcaster and distinguished public servant. She has received numerous prestigious awards and honorary degrees in Canada and abroad, and in 2005, she founded The Institute for Canadian Citizenship. Her autobiography, Heart Matters, appeared in 2006, and her biography of Norman Bethune was published in 2009 as part of Penguin's Extraordinary Canadians series.