By: David Chariandy
Location: FIC CHA
Genre: Coming of age, Immigrant
I wanted the best for these boys, I wanted their mothers dreams for them and all her hard work to matter, I wanted his intelligence to count, I wanted the romance to blossom, I wanted belonging to happen, I wanted them to get a break, I wanted them to be couragous for the right things....
Michael and Francis are the bright, ambitious sons of Trinidadian immigrants. Coming of age in the outskirts of a sprawling city, the brothers battle against careless prejudices and low expectations. While Francis aspires to a future in music, Michael dreams of Aisha, the smartest girl in their school, whose eyes are firmly set on a life elsewhere. But one sweltering summer night the hopes of all three are violently, irrevocably cut short. In this timely and essential novel, David Chariandy builds a quietly devastating story about the love between a mother and her sons, the impact of race, masculinity and the senseless loss of young lives
'A brilliant, powerful elegy from a living brother to a lost one, yet pulsing with rhythm, and beating with life' Marlon James, Winner of the Man Booker Prize
“Chariandy paints his characters with such clarity and sensitivity, it is impossible not to feel every disappointment and frustration with them. This is an evocative study of brotherhood, belonging, masculinity and race, powerful and believable enough to provoke sorrow and anger. I can't wait to see what the young Chariandy does next” –