Imagine a world in which the hopeless and vulnerable are forced to buy their freedom by working off their debt to society. Imagine a world divided into the privileged Mainland and the policed Gutter. In that world lives Elimina Dubois, one of only 100 children selected as a social experiment by the Mainland government to be taken from their mothers in the Gutter and raised in the land of opportunity. But when her Mainland mother dies when Elimina is just a teenager, Elimina finds herself all alone, forced into an unfamiliar life of servitude, unsure of where she belongs.
The Stone Thrower is a moving story about race and destiny written by a daughter looking for answers about her own Black history. Using insightful interviews, archival records, and her personal reflections, Richardson’s journey to learn about her father’s past leads her to her own important discoveries about herself and what it really means to be Black in Canada.