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Golden Child

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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 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
Hardcover, 288 pages
Expected publication: January 29th 2019 by SJP for Hogarth (first published January 15th 2019)
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    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 have always loved best: it’s a story that brings otherwise faraway places into focus and allows us to see the world in a new way, illuminating with resounding empathy and humanity all the losses, loves, and profound truths of others’ lives. In Claire’s spare and elegant prose, the remote country of Tri ...more
    Jan 06, 2019 rated it liked it
    Shelves: netgalley

    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
    Jan 12, 2019 rated it liked it
    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 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
    I received an advanced reader copy of Claire Adam’s “Golden Child” from the amazing people over at Hogarth’s Publishing. “Golden Child” will be on sale in January 2019 and I definitely recommend you grabbing a copy of this amazing novel.

    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
    Golden Child tells the story of Clyde and Joy and their two teenage sons, Paul and Peter. When Paul goes walking in the bush one afternoon and doesn't come home, his parents are faced with an agonizing decision.

    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
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    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:
    May 24, 2018 rated it liked it
    As first reviewer, let me make a prediction. People are going to love this book. The painful choices parents in poverty must make distilled into a sort of metaphoric story about a pair of twin boys and their parents living in Trinidad. When one of the boys disappears, the natural assumption is that any parent would do anything possible to find and rescue their child. But, what if the child who was lost is the "slow" twin? What if the price of bringing him back is the future the parents have care ...more
    Linda Zagon
    Oct 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
    Lindas Book Obsession Review for “Golden Child” by Claire Adam Published by SJP for Hogarth, an imprint by Crown Publishing Group, January 29,2019

    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
    Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    Wow. This book, about a family in Trinidad, dealing with a crisis of choice and powerlessness on a changing island was, wow. This is one to read. It was heavily character driven, but also plot driven. It was driven by all the things! I got to know the characters so well, I wasn’t even mad at them when they made choices I hated, because I understood them. Also, the story really took me there. I felt foreboding without foresight and so I was walking along the plot without knowing where I would end ...more
    Gail  (The Knight Reader)
    Dec 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: 2018, arcs, caribbean-lit
    Actual Grade: 4.5/5

    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
    Riva Sciuto
    Jan 09, 2019 rated it liked it

    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
    Jan 02, 2019 rated it liked it
    Shelves: arc
    **Golden Child generously provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.**

    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
    Jaclyn (sixminutesforme)
    In this highly anticipated second release from the SJP for Hogarth inprint, we follow the story of twin brothers in Trinidad. One brother is born with what the family determine to be birth defects which impair his learning, and the other is academically gifted and his family set his destiny on greatness. Determined to keep their boys together despite their vastly different abilities, the family pulls no stops in ensuring both get to attend the same exclusive school in Port of Spain.

    While the bul
    Sue Dix
    Dec 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    ARC from Bookbrowse. Golden Child is set in Trinidad and the descriptions of the country, culture, and environs engulf the story. The father of twin boys is ultimately faced with an impossible decision, and they all must deal with the consequences. Claire Adam is an exceptional writer. Her style is spare and succinct and clear and heart wrenching.
    Jan Thullen
    Sep 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
    3.5 - 4⭐s?? Not a plot-driven story, though there is drama.

    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
    Aimee Dars
    Dec 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: netgalley, fiction
    When twins Paul and Peter are thirteen-year-old, Paul wanders into the bush near the family’s house and doesn’t return. Since he was a baby and had a difficult delivery, Paul had caused Clyde consternation, especially in contrast to the extremely gifted Peter. Paul learns slowly, has difficulty in social situations, and relies heavily on Peter to navigate the world. When Paul doesn’t return, Clyde is convinced he’s up to mischief, but Peter and their mother, Joy, believe something else is going ...more
    Oct 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: fiction
    I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

    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
    Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was ok
    This is one of those books I wanted to love. I have been trying to expand what I read and read more diversely. I love when a book sweeps me away to a new place and teaches me about a new culture. Unfortunately that, among other things, was missing for me in this book. The Golden Child is the story of twin brothers, Paul and Peter. One is loved and looked upon favorably. The other is an after thought. And one day he goes missing.

    For me this story never really took off. I kept reading, hoping for
    Paula W
    Dec 10, 2018 rated it liked it
    This was almost great. Almost.

    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
    Lisa Leone-campbell
    Oct 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    The Golden Child by Claire Adam is a book which will haunt you for days, as it has me. So much so I needed time to decompress and really think hard about the multifaceted story.

    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
    Oct 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    I just now finished GOLDEN Child by Claire Adam. Noticing 1 star ratings, I hesitated and put the book aside to read closer towards the publishing date.
    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
    Oct 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    received ARC from BookBrowse

    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!
    Oct 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    I was given an ARC of this book from BookBrowse in exchange for an honest review.

    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.
    Oct 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: arc, 2018, ordered-owned
    Be ready. Everyone will be talking about this one. At the risk of heresy, this work reminded me of The Sound and the Fury with the changing voices and perspective. Fabulous work.

    I received an advanced copy of this book through a Goodreads giveaway.
    Heather Wilson
    Jan 10, 2019 rated it liked it
    2 stars.

    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
    Brenda Ayala
    Dec 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: shelf-awareness
    Fuck this book for making me feel feelings. For making me feel conflicted and like there is no winning solution to the problem. It’s multi dimensional and so true to life in its complexity and you know what?

    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
    Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    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
    Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
    I am still really trying to process this book. I know it’s a new release from SJP at Hogarth Press so there will be plenty of people who read it. However, I really don’t think I liked it. It was slow, the story just didn’t wrap me in, nor did the characters, and then climax of the story happened literally within the last chapter. This gave no room in the story for the characters to process what it happened or for the reader to put it all together. I just don’t think it’s a win. I am sadly only g ...more
    Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: 2018
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    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
    Jan 07, 2019 rated it liked it
    Shelves: books-read-2019
    Golden Child is the story of a family in a small town on the island of Trinidad. Twin brothers Peter and Paul, and their parents Clyde and Joy live in this land wrought with crime, heartache, and desolation. The story flashes back to the birth of the boys, describing circumstance that alters Paul’s life forever.
    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
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