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 ...more
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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 Hogarth and I was just flat out curious to see what I thought of her book picking skills.
The story takes place in 1980s Trinidad. Adam gets the mood exactly right - the sense of lawlessness, the lack of societal safeguards. Guard dogs patrol everyone’s yards. A teenage boy walks off after school and does ...more
This novel was set in Trinidad and it did give a real sense of place and life there, and I was quite enjoying it at first... the story of twin boys born with one twin having difficulty from the start, and ending up labeled as retarded.
This is the story of their life growing up in this place and the family dynamics that surrounded them, how one twin was favored ...more
Set in Trinidad and Tobago in what I am assuming is the 1980s we meet the Deyalsingh family- father Clyde, mother Joy and their twin sons Paul and Peter. The family lives in the rural part of Trinidad and Tobago in a home that’s been in the family for generation ...more
It's a window into life on Trinidad, a country that I am not familiar with. Adams writes beautiful, economic prose, and her story has palpable movement and pathos. The descriptions of the social and economic structure of Trinidad are detailed. Clyde and Joy strive to make it through each ...more
by Siobhan Jones
Stories about twins don’t often interest me because I am one. I know well the way people pit you against one another, the scaries of becoming the lesser half. But Golden Child, a book about two 13-year-old brothers, captured my interest immediately. Maybe it was the unusual setting, rural Trinidad, or the style—sparse, muscular prose. My point is, I knew from page one this book was special and that I wasn’t reading some humdrum sibling rivalry tale.
Picture a family: ...more
Claire Adam, Author of “Golden Child” has written an intense, heart-breaking, emotional, riveting, captivating, and suspenseful novel that takes place mostly in Trinidad. The Genres for this novel are Fiction, with a touch of Historical Fiction, and Suspense. Sarah Jessica Parker has chosen “The Golden Child” as one of her picks, as she likes “bringing ...more
I am absolutely blown away.
I finished Golden Child yesterday and had to take 18+ hours to ponder what to write for this review that would do it justice.
Golden Child is set in Trinidad and follows a family of four as they navigate a particularly difficult life event that threatens to unhinge them permanently. Early on we are informed that one of the twins is missing. The story then develops with flashbacks to when the family had just started, slowly moving forward so that the ...more
I wanted to love it -- I really did -- but it just falls flat from the very beginning. The premise is so auspicious: twins born to poor parents in rural Trinidad; one perfectly healthy, the other deprived of oxygen at birth and developmentally delayed for the rest of his life. Their trajectory is fairly predictable: Peter excels at everything, Paul disappoints. But it culminates in (what could've been) a really suspenseful And while this storyline has so much pote ...more
3 "...that he is made of gold..." Stars
This was an interesting read for me. Set in Trinidad, Golden Child follows the lives of twin brothers and their parents. It starts in present day, from the father's third person perspective, when one of the twins doesn't come home in the evening. When the father, Clyde, embarks on the search his stream of memories transports readers back to the birth of the ...more
While the bul ...more
This is the second book published by Sarah Jessica Parker's imprint, SJP for Hogarth. Like the first book, A Place for Us, this is a debut novel. Claire Adam was born in Trinidad and now lives in London.
Clyde, Joy and their twin boys, Peter and Paul, live in a house on stilts in Trinidad, with dogs that they hope will protect them from menacing forces. Peter is a bright and dutiful son. Paul had a difficult birth that seems to have dulle ...more
This is a difficult book to rate and review. The prose and characters are four to five stars, but the plot and details of the third book within Golden Child diminished my overall enjoyment of the book greatly.
Having read A Place for Us, the first book under SJP's imprint, I was incredibly eager to read Golden Child, the second book published by SJP. I was immediately drawn into Adam's straight-forward but lovely prose, and the dialogue of the a ...more
For me this story never really took off. I kept reading, hoping for ...more
Golden Child tells the story of Peter and Paul, identical twin teenagers who are nothing alike in rural Trinidad. Peter is a genius destined for greatness with an opportunity to rise out of his situation, but Paul is seen as slow, “slightly retarded”, with future prospects limited to low-paying manual labor. No one understands this better than their father Clyde, who works those manual labor jobs to do everything he can to provide for his family in an environment f ...more
Set in Trinidad, the story follows the lives of twin boys, Peter and Paul, born to parents Clyde and Joy in a very rural area of the country. One twin, Peter, develops into an extraordinary child who excels at everything he does and with the temperament of a saint. The other twin, Paul, is seen as slow and odd with much ...more
Having a friend born in Trinidad changed my mind glad it did.
The story of Paul and Peter, twins begins at their birth, Peter arrives in this world a healthy boy followed by Paul who's birth is overshadowed by a more difficult birth which will follow him throughout his life.
Both twins are loved, by their mother and father, including a large exte ...more
A family surviving in poverty, betrayal of the worst kind, and impossible choices, this is the story of Golden Child. The writing in this novel is sublime...just enough description to put you in rural Trinidad and feel the oppressiveness of both the weather and a family life that will shatter. For a first effort I find this novel astonishing. Highly recommended for book clubs!
Clair Adam has written an outstanding book about a humble family with twin boys living in Trinidad.
Life is risky and safety is always a concern. While the story is realistic, it leaves you reeling when you realize what the parents, especially the dad, have to deal with.
After finishing the book, it stays with you. \
I recommend it for book clubs as an excellent choice for review.
I received an advanced copy of this book through a Goodreads giveaway.
Golden Child is the tale of a family in Trinidad – father Clyde, mother Joy, and twin sons, Peter and Paul. Peter is academically talented, often called a genius – Paul is not. In fact, Paul is told his entire life that he is “a little retarded”. When Paul disappears, Clyde is forced to make a sickening decision that impacts his entire family.
I’m left disconcerted by this one. So many good things – the culture and atmosphere of Trinidad are so beautifully created by Adam. I’m not much ...more
I don’t like it damnit. I don’t want to feel a kinship to Paul when I know he’s in a place he might not come out of, and I don’t want to think about how maybe he learns a little differently and because of that he (and everyone else) thinks he’s retarded.
I don’t want to think about Paul and ...more
How far will a parent go to protect ones’ child. What if you have 13 year old twin boys who have very different needs? Does a parent choose to advance one over the other? That is one of the questions that Clyde and Joy are asked to make in Golden Child by Claire Adam. Rural Trinidad, a meager house on stilts, an area with high crime and low opportunity for many. This is where Peter and Paul, twin boys grow up. Peter is beyond his years in intelligence and on the path to going to a great Ame ...more
Thank you @crownpublishing and @sjparker for @hogarth for this free copy of Golden Son.
You all know how much I loved A Place For Us, the first book published by Sara Jessica Parker’s imprint, SJP for Hogarth, so when I heard they were publishing their next book I was all in.
Golden Child is similar to A Place For Us in that it’s another beautiful, unflinching look at family, and the misconceptions within one that can lead to dire consequence ...more
I find stories like Golden Child so important and one of my favorite things about reading. When you immerse yourself in this story, you are transported to a world so different from yo ...more