Golden Child

Golden Child

A Novel

Book - 2019
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A family tries to survive in rural Trinidad, when one thirteen year old twin boy walks into the bush one evening and does not come home. Clyde, the father, is forced to go looking and when he learns his son's fate, his world is shattered.
Publisher: New York : SJP for Hogarth, 2019.
Edition: First United States edition.
ISBN: 9780525573005
Characteristics: 281 pages ; 22 cm.


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Review of Golden Child in Cascadia Weekly (Wednesday, April 10, 2019) by WCLS Collection Development Librarian, Mary Kinser. (more)

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In rural Trinidad, twin brothers Paul and Peter wake early every morning to travel to the city for school. Their parents have planned out very different futures for each twin, but those plans are thrown into doubt when the family home is robbed and Paul disappears into the island's wilderness and... Read More »

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Feb 08, 2020

A powerful novel that captures the essence of Trinidad and its people. I found myself identifying with the characters and their struggles. A fitting prize winner. Hard to believe this is a first novel. I look forward to future work by this author.

Feb 03, 2020

Desmond Eliott Prize. This novel gives an accurate sense of Trinidad - the corruption, poverty, drugs and hopelessness. It tells the story of a family and of a father of twins trying to be a good parent. The learning problems of one twin, the daydreamer, are never spelled out, although the narrative points to dyslexia. The inner voices of the main characters are authentic. Enjoyed.

Oct 09, 2019

I really enjoyed this book and the relationships that were portrayed both between the siblings, and between the siblings and their parents.

Sep 02, 2019

An over-written slog. An interesting premise: the father of twin boys, Peter the "golden child" of the title and Paul the ever-disappointing "retarded"one, is faced with a choice when Paul goes missing. But it was painfully slow-moving and the characters weren't fleshed out at all. The setting was Trinidad, a location I know very little about, but I didn't get a much of a sense of place either. Very disappointing.

Apr 08, 2019

"Beautiful and unsettling," as one reviewer described "Golden Child?" How about: Depressing, meandering and rather pointless? I really don't grasp the accolades for Adam's debut novel. It's heartbreaking, because the one character who was sufficiently fleshed out is slowly destroyed from the inside out, then from the outside in. This isn't beautiful!

Jan 20, 2019

A Sophie's choice set in rural Trinidad; a book for readers who enjoy the writing of a novel, as Adam misses the opportunity to make any of our characters -- even poor Paul -- resonate. What a stunner this book could have been, touching on class, family, jealousy, and corruption, if we had only been able to better know the players.


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