Cody Caetano

Cody Caetano

Cody Caetano is a writer of Anishinaabe and Portuguese descent and an off-reserve member of Pinaymootang First Nation. He has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Toronto, where he wrote his memoir under the mentorship of Lee Maracle. His writing has appeared in The Walrus, Beatroute, PRISM International, Hart House Review, and elsewhere. Excerpts of Half-Bads in White Regalia earned him a 2020 Indigenous Voices Award for Unpublished Prose.

Website: codycaetano.com
Instagram: @cody-caetano

Caetano fills each moment with such character and humanity that it’s impossible not to fall in love.” -Jordan Abel

FESTIVAL BOOK

Half-Bads in White Regalia

A family tries to learn from the mistakes of past generations in this whirlwind memoir from a wholly original new voice.

The Caetanos move into a doomed house in the highway village of Happyland before an inevitable divorce pulls Cody Caetano’s parents in separate directions. His mom, Mindimooye, having discovered her Anishinaabe birth family and Sixties Scoop origin story, embarks on a series of fraught relationships and fresh starts. His dad, O Touro, a Portuguese immigrant and drifter, falls back into “big do, little think” behaviour, despite his best intentions.

Left alone at the house in Happyland, Caetano and his siblings must fend for themselves, even as the pipes burst and the lights go out. His protective big sister, Kris, finds inventive ways to put food on the table, and his stoic big brother, Julian, facilitates his regular escapes into the world of video games. As life yanks them from one temporary solution to the next, they steal moments of joy and resist buckling under “baddie” temptations aplenty.

Capturing the chaos and wonder of a precarious childhood, Cody Caetano delivers a fever dream coming-of-age garnished with a slang all his own. <em>Half-Bads in White Regalia</em> is an unforgettable debut that unspools a tangled family history with warmth, humour, and deep generosity.

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<strong>BE CURIOUSER</strong>
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<li><strong>Cody Caetano’s memoir, Half-Bads in White Regalia, swaps hyperbole for documentary-style storytelling. </strong><a href="https://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/books/article-cody-caetano-documents-few-apologies-but-abundant-love-and-acceptance"><em>-The Globe and Mail</em></a></li>
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