The votes have been counted and we are very excited to announce the 2024 One Book, One Ptbo selection - The Story of Us!

Copies of the book will be available starting in June, but you can place a hold now to be one of the first to pick up a copy when the books come in. Stay tuned for information about upcoming programs in the Fall.

About the author, Catherine Hernandez

Catherine Hernandez Catherine Hernandez (she/her) is an award-winning author and screenwriter. She is a proud queer woman who is of Filipino, Spanish, Chinese and Indian descent and married into the Navajo Nation. Her first novel, Scarborough, won the Jim Wong-Chu Award for the unpublished manuscript and was a finalist for several awards including Canada Reads 2022. She wrote the screenplay for the film adaptation of Scarborough, which was nominated for 11 Canadian Screen Awards and won 8 including Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay. Her second novel, Crosshairs, was shortlisted for the Toronto Book Award and made several Best-Of lists of 2020. Her third novel, The Story of Us, was an instant national bestseller. She is currently working on a few television projects. Her fourth novel, Behind You, about a young girl growing up in Scarborough when a serial killer was at large, was just published on May 7 by HarperCollins Canada.


Moon of the Crusted Snow book jacket

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.

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.



Community Foundation of Greater Peterborough

Partial funding for this project is made possible by a grant from the Community Foundation of Greater Peterborough.