What We All Long For follows the overlapping stories of a close circle of second-generation twenty-somethings living in downtown Toronto. Four characters try to make a life for themselves in the city, supporting one another through their family struggles.
A fifth main character is a child whose parents lost him in Vietnam.
Dionne Brand was the Poet Laureate of the City of Toronto from 2009-2012. She has written nine volumes of poetry and four works of fiction. For her poetry she has most recently received the Griffin Poetry Prize for her book Ossuaries. She has also received Governor General’s Award for poetry, the Pat Lowther Award and the Trillium Prize and for her fiction has received the Toronto Book Award. She is also Professor of English in the School of English and Theatre Studies at The University of Guelph.