Priya Guns was born in Jaffna, Sri Lanka, but raised in Scarborough (Toronto/Tkaronto), Ontario. Guns is a writer and actor. She graduated from York University in Toronto and studied creative writing at Kingston University in the U.K. Guns currently lives in the U.K.
Your Driver is Waiting
Toronto: Penguin Canada, 2023.
PS8613.U67 Y68 2023
Publisher’s Synopsis (From its website)
In this electrifyingly fierce and funny social satire— a gender-flipped reboot of the iconic 1970’s film “Taxi Driver”—a ride share driver is barely holding it together on the hunt for love, dignity and financial security . . . until she decides she’s done waiting.
Damani is tired. Her father just died on the job at a fast food joint, and now she lives paycheck to paycheck in a basement, caring for her mom and driving for an app that is constantly cutting her take. The city is roiling in protests –everybody’s in solidarity with somebody– but while she keeps hearing that they’re fighting for change on behalf of people like her, she literally can’t afford to pay attention.
Then she gives a ride to Jolene (5 stars, obviously). Jolene seems like she could be the perfect girlfriend – attentive, attractive, an ally – and their chemistry is off the charts. Jolene’s done the reading, she goes to every protest, and she says all the right things. So maybe Damani can look past the one thing that’s holding her back: She’s never dated anyone with money before, not to mention a white girl with money. But just as their romance intensifies and Damani finally lets her guard down, Jolene does something unforgivable, setting off an explosive chain of events.
Publisher Penguin Random House Canada