Love After Love
*Winner of the Costa First Novel Award 2020*
The debut novel from the winner of the BBC Short Story Award is a love letter to family and friendship in all its forms. It has a West Indian heart, a Caribbean setting and a truly Trini voice.
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*WINNER OF THE COSTA FIRST NOVEL AWARD 2020*
*LONGLISTED FOR THE OCM BOCAS PRIZE*
AS SEEN ON BBC’S BETWEEN THE COVERS
ONE OF STYLIST‘S BEST NEW BOOKS FOR 2020
‘A beautiful book. I adored it.’ RICHARD OSMAN
‘Full of wit and soul.’ TRACY CHEVALIER
‘Unforgettable’ MARLON JAMES
‘It made me ugly cry’ JESSIE BURTON
‘Glorious’ RACHEL JOYCE
‘Spellbinding’ ANDRÉ ACIMAN
‘Just wonderful’ BRYONY GORDON
Meet the Ramdin-Chetan family: forged through loneliness, broken by secrets, saved by love.
Irrepressible Betty Ramdin, her shy son Solo and their marvellous lodger, Mr Chetan, form an unconventional household, happy in their differences, as they build a home together. Home: the place where your navel string is buried, keeping these three safe from an increasingly dangerous world. Happy and loving they are, until the night when a glass of rum, a heart to heart and a terrible truth explodes the family unit, driving them apart.
Brave and brilliant, steeped in affection, Love After Love asks us to consider what happens at the very brink of human forgiveness, and offers hope to anyone who has loved and lost and has yet to find their way back.
It captures a Trini's love and loss relationship with Trinidad and is really a quiet feat. I was there with Betty and Mr Chetan in their Trinidad the whole time, eating, laughing and crying with them.
Teeming with Trinidadian life... a wonder.
Love After Love charms and delights while pulling no punches. You'll laugh and cry as you're swept along by the magic of the language, the richness of the characters, and the immersive storytelling.
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