Golden Child

Golden Child

A deeply affecting debut novel set in Trinidad, following the lives of a family as they navigate impossible choices about scarcity, loyalty, and love

Rural Trinidad: a brick house on stilts surrounded by bush; a family, quietly 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 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 greatness.

When Paul goes walking in the bush one afternoon and doesn't come home, Clyde is forced to go looking for him, this child who 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 make.

Like the Trinidadian landscape itself, Golden Child is both beautiful and unsettling; a resoundingly human story of aspiration, betrayal, and love.

Title:Golden Child
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780525572992

    Golden Child Reviews

  • Sarah Jessica Parker

    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 h...

  • Angela M

    3.5 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...

  • Liz

    Ok, I’m not proud. I will admit to requesting 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 Hoga...

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

    A powerfully emotional reading experience I’ll forever treasure.I was asked to organize a buddy read for this book by Goodreads, and around the same time, I was given the opportunity to join a blog ...

  • Esil

    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...

  • Diane S ?

    Myths of family, something a family!y 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 India...

  • JanB

    3.5 starsThe premise of a favored child isn’t a new one but this story is unique and set in Trinidad. Twin boys are born, Peter and Paul. Peter is the family’s golden child, the brilliant one with...

  • Berit???

    A beautiful and unsettling tale alive with culture!Claire 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...

  • Karen

    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 me.This novel was set in Trinidad and it did give a real sense of...

  • Cheri

    3.5 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 ...