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A deeply affecting debut novel set in Trinidad following the lives of a family as they navigate impossible choices about scarcity loyalty and loveRural Trinidad a brick house on stilts surrounded by bush; a family uietly surviving just trying to live a decent life Clyde the father works long exhausting shifts at the petroleum plant in southern Trinidad; Joy his wife looks after. 35 stars rounded upThis is the second book I ve read this year with parents treating their children differently believing that one over the other has a better chance at a successful life believing that one is better than the other An awful thing really especially when a choice results in dire conseuences a choice that I could not imagine in a million years making a choice that in my view never had to be made a moral dilemma which I found difficult to even see as a dilemma Clyde seems to be barely getting by in a job at a petroleum plant living with his wife Joy and their twin teenage sons Peter and Paul in an old house in Trinidad Recognizing the importance of an education and a way out for his son Peter who is singled out at school as not just smart but gifted Clyde focuses on what it would take for Peter to go to college and through the generosity of an Uncle this could be possible Paul who had the cord around his neck at birth has been deemed retarded and crazy is considered so by his parents I couldn t help but think that Paul hasn t done well because it wasn t expected that he would Paul for me was the most clearly defined character and it was a shame that his family did not see him for who he really was It s hard to tell about what happens without giving the story away I can only say that I was heartbroken and disturbed Perhaps this is meant to give us an understanding of life on this island Trinidad and while the author does a good job of taking us through Clyde s thoughts and his perspective I just could not begin to understand his decision let alone accept it This was a difficult read on an emotional level so I m glad that I read it with Diane and Esil I received an advanced copy of this book from Sip for HogarthCrown through NetGalley

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Has caused him endless trouble already and who he has never really understood And as the hours turn to days and Clyde begins to understand Paul's fate his world shatters leaving him faced with a decision no parent should ever have to makeLike the Trinidadian landscape itself Golden Child is both beautiful and unsettling; a resoundingly human story of aspiration betrayal and lov. A beautiful and unsettling tale alive with cultureClaire Adam s debut is a story that will transport you to 1980s Trinidad with its descriptive writing I found the tropical setting of Trinidad to be uniue and fascinating The juxtaposition of the beauty and corruption was simultaneously disconcerting and alluring A Book that I believe will stay with me for a long time a book that asks many uestions and begs to be discussed I was so grateful that I had both my mom and my good friend Jennifer to talk about this book with after I finished There are some heartbreaking decisions made in this book but I believe the difference in culture and time had something to do with some tough choices I strongly encourage you to fine one of your best reading buddies and read this mesmerizing book1980s Trinidad a family of modest means just trying to survive Clyde the father works long hours at a petroleum company doing his absolute best to support his family Joy the mother stays home and takes care of her family twin boys Peter and Paul Peter is the golden child not just smart but a genius Paul was born with the cord around his neck depriving him of oxygen and ultimately leading to a learning disability Joy did what she could to make sure the boys were treated eually something that Clyde struggled with Cultural differences and an ill euipped school system lead to Paul being treated poorly something that was hard to read The family is ultimately face with a heart wrenching decision with no good answers The other people surrounding the family as well as Trinidad itself really lend a lot of conflict to this story The extended family does not always have the best of intentions and they are connected to some pretty shady people The corruption and crime of Trinidad also is a huge factor in this storyI was completely swept away by this compelling story The characters were so well drawn and colorful The storyline was very thought provoking and evoked many emotions I thoroughly enjoyed every minute I spend with this family on this island even though at times it was extremely uncomfortable and distressful A powerful story I won t soon forget I absolutely recommend this was one stunning audiobook that absolutely further immersed me in the story Obi Abili brought so much island flavor to the narration with his melodic island accent Seriously I could listen to him talk all day long Song Running Through My Head One love one heartLet s get together and feel all rightAs it was in the beginningSo shall it be in the endLet s get together and feel all rightLet them all pass all their dirty remarks one loveThere is one uestion I d really like to ask one heartIs there a place for the hopeless sinnerWho has hurt all mankind just to save his ownBelieve meOne love one heartLet s get together and feel all rightAs it was in the beginningSo shall it be in the endOne love one heartLet s get together and feel all rightLet s gethttpsmyoutubecomwatchvvdB 8eL A huge thank you too SJP for Hogarth for my copy of this book Instagram Twitter Blog

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The home Their two sons thirteen years old wake early every morning to travel to the capital Port of Spain for school They are twins but nothing alike Paul has always been considered odd while Peter is widely believed to be a genius destined for greatnessWhen Paul goes walking in the bush one afternoon and doesn't come home Clyde is forced to go looking for him this child who. It s hard to write about Golden Child without giving too much away I thought it was a superb little book but boy does it dredge up a lot of strong emotions Set in Trinidad the story focuses on Clyde and Joy and their twin sons Peter and Paul Peter is exceptionally academically talented Paul was born with his umbilical cord around his neck which leads his family to refer to him as retarded The ensuing family dynamics and unfolding events are heartbreaking and not for the feint of heart or for those who like tidy moral endings But I was very impressed with how Adam tells this story She brought me right into the characters heads and into their world on the island of Trinidad This is a book with a strong sense of character and place that left me with strong emotions This was also a great book to read as a buddy read with Diane and Angela Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for an opportunity to read an advance copy


About the Author: Claire Adam

Claire Adam was born and raised in Trinidad She lives in London



10 thoughts on “Golden Child

  1. says:

    It is my great pleasure to present Claire Adam’s debut novel Golden Child the second book on the SJP for Hogarth list coming January 2019 Golden Child is a perfect example of the kind of book I have always lov

  2. says:

    35 stars rounded upThis is the second book I’ve read this year with parents treating their children differently believing that one over the other has a better chance at a successful life believing that one is better than the other A

  3. says:

    Ok I’m not proud I will admit to reuesting this book on netgalley because of the celebrity tie in This Is the second book chosen by Sarah Jessica Parker under her new job as a publisher for Hogarth and I was jus

  4. says:

    The premise of a favored child isn’t a new one but this story is uniue and set in Trinidad Twin boys are born Peter and Paul Peter is the family’s golden child the brilliant one with a bright future All of the family’s hopes and dreams for the future are pinned on him But Paul is different and difficult and branded “retar

  5. says:

    A powerfully emotional reading experience I’ll forever treasureI was asked to organize a buddy read for this bo

  6. says:

    It’s hard to write about Golden Child without giving too much away I thought it was a superb little book but boy does it dredge up a lot of strong emotions Set in Trinidad the story focuses on Clyde and Joy and their twi

  7. says:

    Myths of family something a familyy strongly believes which allows them to act and to make the decisions they feel are right The Deyalsinghs of Trinidad both Joy and Clyde the descendants of Indian immigrants have two sons teins Peter and Paul Though they love both Paul is considered slow due to deprivation of oxygen at birth Peter is the go

  8. says:

    A beautiful and unsettling tale alive with cultureClaire Adam’s debut is a story that will transport you to 1980s Trinidad with its descriptive writing I found the tropical setting of Trinidad to be uniue and fascinating The juxtaposition of the beauty and corruption was simultaneously disconcerting and alluring A Book that I believe will stay with me for a long time a book that asks many uestions and begs to be discussed I was

  9. says:

    I really wanted this to be very good after having read the first SJP for Hogarth pick and loving it but this was sorely lacking for meThis novel was set in Trinidad and it did give a real sense of place and life there and I was uite enjoying it at first the story of twin boys born with one twin having difficulty from the start and ending up labeled as retardedThis is the story of their life growing up in this place and the family

  10. says:

    35 StarsSet in 1980’s Trinidad this gives the reader a somewhat raw but complete sense of time and place and the ins and outs of the life of this family Twin boys who are thirteen as this story takes place Paul was oxygen deprived during birth that affects his learning and the other twin Paul who excels in school and considered to be intellectually gifted As such Paul tends to get “positive” attention fr

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