Golden Child: Winner of the Desmond Elliot Prize 2019
A deeply affecting debut novel set in Trinidad, following the lives of a family as they navigate impossible choices about scarcity, loyalty, and love.
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A TIMES AND EVENING STANDARD BOOK OF THE YEAR
WINNER OF THE DESMOND ELLIOTT PRIZE 2019
WINNER OF THE AUTHORS’ CLUB FIRST NOVEL AWARD
WINNER OF THE MCKITTERICK PRIZE 2020
ONE OF THE BBC’S ‘100 NOVELS THAT SHAPED OUR WORLD’
LONGLISTED FOR THE JHALAK PRIZE AND THE EDINBURGH FESTIVAL FIRST BOOK AWARD
WINNER OF BARNES & NOBLE’S 2019 DISCOVER NEW WRITERS PRIZE
‘So hard to put down.’ Daily Mail
‘Startling . . . Remarkable.’ Economist
‘Right away I was utterly absorbed.’ Sarah Jessica Parker
One father. Two sons. An impossible choice.
When thirteen-year-old Paul doesn’t return home one afternoon, even his twin brother, Peter, doesn’t know where he is. So their father, Clyde, must set out into the dark Trinidadian bush with a torch, to search for him on foot. And when the reasons for Paul’s disappearance become clear, Clyde will be faced with a terrible decision. How does a father choose between his children? How does he weigh up what each one is worth? Which one is the golden child?
Utterly convincing, horrifying and, ultimately, intensely moving. It’s almost impossible to believe this small masterpiece is a first novel. Adam is a true and rare talent. I’m in awe.
Partly a fable about choices and children; partly a sensual immersion into life in Trinidad; and wholly a bracing, brave and wise corrective to Western sentimentality about poverty and migration, I was enthralled, appalled and finally very moved by this story.
Luminous and devastating.
Golden Child is an impressive debut: closely focused, quietly powerful and compelling.
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.
It's been a long time since I've read a book so funny I've felt compelled to Instagram pages of it with 1000x crying Emojis – but this is exactly how I felt reading this book
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