Golden Child (Paperback)Claire Adam (author)
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Probing the hidden depths and sharpest edges of parental love, Claire Adam’s gripping first novel is a dark and unforgettable story, hinged on the disappearance of a child and an unthinkable Sophie’s Choice. Set against the backdrop of rural Trinidad, Golden Child reads like a thriller, taut with the urgency of a parent’s desperate search for a missing son. It is also a powerful examination of family relationships that asks searching questions about pride, expectation, responsibility and what parents invest in their children’s future.
Longlisted for the The Jhalak Prize 2020
Winner of the Desmond Elliott Prize 2019
It's dark now; the bats are out. Insects knock against the light on the patio and the dog sits at the gate. A boy has not returned home and a family anxiously awaits. A father steps out into the night to search for his son.
As the hours turn into days, this man will learn many things. He will learn about being a father to twin boys who are in no way alike. He will learn how dangerous hopes and dreams can be. He will learn truths about Trinidad, about his family, and himself. He will question received wisdom and question his judgement. He will learn about sacrifice and the nature of love - and he will be forced to act.
Claire Adam's electrifying first novel reckons with the secrets of the human heart. It tells a story about wanting more for our children; it casts its spell with uncommon wisdom and grace.
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 219 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 16 mm
'Delivered in sparse prose, with an acute, haunting understanding of how much pain can be inflicted by the people closest to you.' - The Times
'This is a quiet explosion of a novel from a bright new voice in fiction.' - The Sunday Times
'Utterly unsentimental and luminously empathic, this is a seriously impressive first novel.' - The Mail
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