This Brutal House (Hardback)Niven Govinden (author)
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Interrogating notions of family, belonging and sexuality, This Brutal House paints a vivid picture of queer New York and the Mothers who take the confused, conflicted and alienated under their wing. Written with great tenderness but also palpable anger, Govinden’s remarkable work is an electric slice of passionate protest.
On the steps of New York's City Hall, five ageing Mothers sit in silent protest. They are the guardians of the vogue ball community - queer men who opened their hearts and homes to countless lost Children, providing safe spaces for them to explore their true selves.
Through epochs of city nightlife, from draconian to liberal, the Children have been going missing; their absences ignored by the authorities and uninvestigated by the police. In a final act of dissent the Mothers have come to pray: to expose their personal struggle beneath our age of protest, and commemorate their loss until justice is served.
Watching from City Hall's windows is city clerk, Teddy. Raised by the Mothers, he is now charged with brokering an uneasy truce.
With echoes of James Baldwin, Marilynne Robinson and Rachel Kushner, Niven Govinden asks what happens when a generation remembered for a single, lavish decade has been forced to grow up, and what it means to be a parent in a confused and complex society.
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 440 g
Dimensions: 218 x 140 x 32 mm
'Vivid and poetic, the story explores belonging, tolerance and what it means to be a parent in a confused and complex society' - The Sunday Times
'[A] vibrant novel... Acerbic, encompassing, funny... This Brutal House leaves its reader full of a powerful, protesting energy' - The Irish Times
'A tale of voguing and protest...' - The Guardian
'This Brutal House is the finest novel to date from a brilliantly challenging, fearless and passionate writer' - The New Internationalist
'This powerful LGBTQ+ story is utterly compelling - a vital book' - IMAGE magazine
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