Love After Love
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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ONE OF STYLIST‘S BEST NEW BOOKS FOR 2020
‘It made me ugly cry’ JESSIE BURTON
‘Glorious’ RACHEL JOYCE
‘Spellbinding’ ANDRÉ ACIMAN
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.
Ingrid Persaud was born in Trinidad. Her debut novel, Love After Love, won the Costa First Novel Award 2020 and the Author’s Club Best First Novel Award 2021. She also won the BBC National Short Story Award in 2018 and the Commonwealth Short Story Prize in 2017. She read law at the LSE and was an academic before studying fine…Read More
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