Small Worlds (Paperback)
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Published: 25/04/2024
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Set in London and Ghana across three summers, Small Worlds is an intimate and powerful exploration of a son-father relationship, music, and searching for meaning from the acclaimed author of Open Water.

Winner of the Swansea University Dylan Thomas Prize 2024

Dancing is the one thing that can solve Stephen's problems.

At Church with his family, the shimmer of Black hands raised in praise. With his band, making music speaking not just to their hardships, but their joys. Grooving with his best friend, so close their heads might touch. Dancing alone to his father's records, uncovering parts of a man he has never truly known. His youth, shame and sacrifice.

Stephen has only ever known himself in song. But what becomes of him when the music fades?

Set over the course of three summers, from South London to Ghana and back again, Small Worlds is a novel about the worlds we build for ourselves. The worlds we live, dance and love within.

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780241996041
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 199 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 18 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

Nelson writes about closeness, with family, with lovers, with art, as careful, essential labour - Raven Leilani, author of Luster

A mesmerising Peckham love story - i

An affecting meditation on the migrant experience - Guardian

Caleb Azumah Nelson's writing is touching, heartfelt, and musically rich - Diana Evans

Small Worlds is an emotionally astute novel that cements this 29-year-old south London author as one of the UK's best. - New Statesman

SMALL WORLDS is a miracle of observation, of attention and attunement. Caleb Azumah Nelson writes prose that is unmatched in its musicality and sensitivity. A gorgeous, rhapsodic, wise novel - KATIE KITAMURA, author of INTIMACIES

In his beautiful new novel Nelson summons the sounds of Black Youth, love and discovery to the page. A celebration of the heart - Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, author of CHAIN-GANG ALL-STARS and FRIDAY BLACK

Caleb Azumah Nelson's Open Water was a slim masterpiece. His second novel, Small Worlds is a similarly lapidary coming-of-age story set over three years in the life of an extraordinary young man. - Observer

A gentle reflection on self-discovery - Vogue, 2023 Spring Highlights

If you haven't had a chance to read Caleb Azumah Nelson's debut, Open Water, about a gorgeous love affair in modern-day London, then please do; it'll keep you occupied until his new release is out on 11 May, which is about fathers and sons, the power of dance and how one man can create a life he loves - Stylist, Big Fiction for 2023

A wonderful, dexterous work. Caleb Azumah Nelson explores modes of blackness in ways that are enriching and invigorating - IRENOSEN OKOJIE

Caleb Azumah Nelson's writing captures nostalgia-that most essential of sentiments-like no other. I was immersed, transported, and at the same time affirmed in the familiar. Gorgeous - Sareeta Domingo, author of IF I DON'T HAVE YOU

Small Worlds grabs you by the heart and holds tightly, revealing a story as beautiful and as lyrical as the words that adorn the pages. - Sofia Akel

Both intimate and inviting, Azumah Nelson weaves not just worlds but exquisite universes with his words. SMALL WORLDS is a masterful exploration of love, masculinity, coming of age and community, and Azumah Nelson's dextrous, sublime pen brings it into dazzling life. - Bolu Babalola, author of LOVE IN COLOUR

A book which is alert and enlivening, at once serious and a pleasure to read - Literary Review

Small Worlds is a Vermeer universe of a novel, of warmth, deep feeling, aching and gorgeousness. To read is to be hugged by a rich brown oak, ever stretching out. It is as charged as it is earthed. It is wonderful. - Inua Ellams

It's a story about finding both one's identity and one's place in the world. - Art Review

moving, intimate, and sizzling hot - Sunday Times

Steeped in nostalgia, grief and heartbreak, yet somehow still hopeful, this is one of the best books I've read all year. - City AM

This story about rebuilding small worlds - places in which to feel beautiful and free - is itself a thing of beauty - Prospect

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“Superb!!”

Thank you to the publishers for this early review copy.
Having previously been a massive fan of his first book - Open Water this book latest book was started with the highest of expectations.
So I am pleased to... More

Hardback edition
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“Another lyrical masterpiece from the author of Open Water”

Stephen lives with his mum and dad (who both grew up in Ghana) and brother Ray in South London amidst a close-knit black community. Stephen has inherited his dad's love of music. He plays the trumpet in a jazz... More

Hardback edition
Helpful? Upvote 17

“Lyrical and moving”

With thanks to the publishers and NetGalley for my proof copy.

Another great one from Caleb!

Loved Open Water last year so was an easy choice to dive straight into his second novel.

Absolutely love his style of... More

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