If I Survive You (Hardback)Jonathan Escoffery (author)
A series of linked stories comprising a breathtaking literary debut, Escoffery's searching, humane novel follows the fortunes of a Jamaican family as they face an uncertain future in late 70s America.
Shortlisted for the Booker Prize 2023
A major debut that follows a Jamaican family in Miami navigating recession, racism and Hurricane Andrew.
1979. Topper and Sanya flee to Miami as political violence consumes their native Kingston. But they soon learn that the welcome in America will be far from warm.
Trelawny, their youngest son, comes of age in a society which regards him with suspicion and confusion, greeting him with the puzzled question 'What are you?'
Their eldest son Delano's longing for a better future for his own children is equalled only by his recklessness in trying to secure it.
As both brothers navigate the obstacles littered in their path - an unreliable father, racism, a financial crisis and Hurricane Andrew - they find themselves pitted against one another. Will their rivalry be the thing that finally tears their family apart?
The thrilling linked stories in Jonathan Escoffery's If I Survive You pulse with inimitable style, heart and barbed humour while unravelling what it means to carve out an existence between cultures, homes and pay checks. They announce Escoffery as a chronicler of life at its most gruesome and hopeful.
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 380 g
Dimensions: 222 x 141 x 27 mm
'Its riches are plentiful - Escoffery's prose regularly stopped me in my tracks ... [an] astonishing, compassionate entrance to the literary scene' - i Newspaper
'A ravishing debut... the book feels thrillingly free' - New Yorker
'A gifted, sure-footed storyteller... a disarming, irreverent sense of humor... makes me eager to read him for a long time to come' - New York Times
'Exposes uncomfortable social truths with fine details, wit and dazzling verbal versatility' - Los Angeles Times
'I highly recommend this debut-astonishingly compact and engaging fiction, and a dazzling mirror held up to our identity-obsessed time' - Joyce Carol Oates, author of Blonde
'It's rare for a story collection to break out of the gate with as much buzz as Escoffery's debut... the author exposes uncomfortable social truths with fine details, wit and dazzling verbal versatility' - Los Angeles Times
'Kaleidoscopic, urgent, hilarious, revelatory and like nothing you've read before' - Marlon James, author of A Brief History of Seven Killings
'This I adore... sumptuous and astute, excellent on the humiliations of familial and societal experience, triumphant in its spirited retaliation. An absolute delight' - Diana Evans, author of Ordinary People
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