06 February 2019

Golden Child | Book Review

ABOUT THE BOOK


A new novel from Sarah Jessica Parker’s imprint, SJP for Hogarth: a deeply affecting debut novel set in Trinidad, following the lives of a family as they navigate impossible choices about scarcity, loyalty, and love.

Golden Child is a stunning novel written with force and beauty. Though true to herself, Adam’s work stands tall beside icons of her tradition like V.S. Naipaul.”—Jennifer Clement, author of Gun Love

Rural Trinidad: a brick house on stilts surrounded by bush; a family, quietly surviving, just trying to live a decent life. Clyde, the father, works long, exhausting shifts at the petroleum plant in southern Trinidad; Joy, his wife, looks after the home. Their two sons, thirteen years old, wake early every morning to travel to the capital, Port of Spain, for school. They are twins but nothing alike: Paul has always been considered odd, while Peter is widely believed to be a genius, destined for greatness.

When Paul goes walking in the bush one afternoon and doesn’t come home, Clyde is forced to go looking for him, this child who has caused him endless trouble already, and who he has never really understood. And as the hours turn to days, and Clyde begins to understand Paul’s fate, his world shatters—leaving him faced with a decision no parent should ever have to make.

Like the Trinidadian landscape itself, Golden Child is both beautiful and unsettling; a resoundingly human story of aspiration, betrayal, and love.

Publisher: SJP for Hogarth
Release Date: January 29, 2019


MY REVIEW

In her debut novel, Claire Adam helps readers to experience life in rural Trinidad. Her writing fosters a strong sense of place and community as the drama unfolds and exquisitely tells a story unlike any other.

Golden Child centers around a struggling family—Clyde, Joy, and twin thirteen-year-old boys, Peter and Paul. One day, Paul does not come home, and as Clyde searches for him, the narrative delves into their complicated family dynamics colored by favoritism, along with elements of mystery, betrayal, corruption, resilience, and impossible decisions. It moves slowly, but with a compelling intensity, and ultimately, broke my heart at the outcome.

If you enjoy literary fiction, a Caribbean setting, or dysfunctional families, definitely check out Golden Child. It is one story that I am sure I will not soon forget.

★★★★

Thanks to TLC Book Tours, I received a complimentary copy of Golden Child and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Claire Adam was born and raised in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. She lives with her husband and two children in London, England. Golden Child is her first novel.


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2 comments:

  1. I'm fascinated by this book, I'm adding it to my read list! Thank you for being on this tour.

    Sara @ TLC Book Tours

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  2. I am looking forward to reading this book! Thank you for the opportunity!

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