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Golden Child

3.52  ·  Rating details ·  1,150 ratings  ·  278 reviews
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
Published 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
Angela M
Jan 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars rounded up

This 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 that one is better than the other. An awful thing really, especially when a choice results in dire consequences, a choice that I could not imagine in a million years making, a choice that in my view never had to be made, a moral dilemma which I found difficult to even see as a dilemma. Clyde, seems t
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 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
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 Clyde and Joy, and their twin sons Peter and Paul. Peter is exceptionally academically talented. Paul was born with his umbilical cord around his neck which leads his family to refer to him as "retarded". The ensuing family dynamics and unfolding events are heartbreaking and not for the feint of hear ...more
Diane S ☔
Jan 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lor-2019
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 Indian immigrants, have two sons, teins Peter and Paul. Though they love both Paul is considered slow due to deprivation of oxygen at birth. Peter is the gollden child, the smart one, headed for success. When the book opens a teenage Paul is not to be found.

Claire Adams, our author, was born in Trinidad
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
3.5 Stars

Set 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 takes place, Paul was oxygen deprived during birth that affects his learning, and the other twin, Paul, who excels in school and considered to be intellectually gifted. As such, Paul tends to get more “positive” attention from those around him.

Their home sits surrounded by bush, set up from the ground
Janelle • She Reads with Cats
Many thanks to Hogarth Books for my free copy of GOLDEN CHILD

This is a profound, beautifully rendered debut novel set in 1980’s rural Trinidad with unforgettable characters.

We follow twin brothers, Paul and Peter, who are nothing alike. Paul, through a difficult birth was born with a learning disability and Peter is intellectually gifted. Their parents, Joy and Clyde, have determined very early on the fate of their two children. We follow the brothers through childhood, but at thirteen years old
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
Oct 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, 2018
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.
Jan 22, 2019 rated it it was ok
This was ultimately a disappointment.

A fairly short book, I slogged through this. I thought about putting it down, but I was already 2/3rds of the way through and thought, "Well, I may as well finish the damn thing."

We follow the Deyalsingh family, made up of parents Clyde and Joy and twin sons Peter and Paul. Peter excels at everything, and Paul is repeatedly referred to as "sightly r*******." Set in Trinidad in the '80s, the plot revolves around Paul's disappearance.

I will say this book uses
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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:
Nov 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Devastatingly beautiful. This book is going to haunt me for a few days.
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
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
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An intimate portrayal of a family and a father who must ultimately choose between his two sons. This book is heartbreaking.

Thanks to NetGalley and Crown Publishing for the ARC.
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
Nov 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A captivating story which gripped me right from the beginning. I enjoyed the straight-forward prose which made the characters feel real. I also liked that the book gave me chance to get an idea about life in (for me) such a faraway place. I highly recommend reading it.
I received an Advance Reader's copy in a Goodreads giveaway.
Eric Anderson
Jan 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Even though she ostensibly played a writer on TV, I first became aware of Sarah Jessica Parker’s real life passion for books a few years ago when she posted on Instagram about reading Lisa McInerney’s “The Glorious Heresies”. At the time I had great fun joking with Lisa how this novel could be developed into a “Sex in the City”-style TV show set in Cork because its gritty world of gangs, prostitution and drugs was so ridiculously far removed from the upscale life of sipping Cosmos and designer s ...more
Jan 27, 2019 marked it as dnf
Shelves: i-own-it, 2019, botm
DNF @ page 70.

I don't think there's anything wrong with this book, I just couldn't get into it. The first section when the inciting incident that you find out about in the blurb on the back happens, I was intrigued. But I couldn't get into the flashback and I felt like the writing became more stilted and unnatural.
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
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
Will Rhino
Dec 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
WOW. This was, without a doubt, the best book I read in 2018. This is the way a story should be told!! The writing was flawless and engaging. There was so much tension, and it truly lures you in. I'm speechless. It engages you and sucks you in. Then it slowly reveals itself. When you understand what the characters are finally facing, I was left speechless.

I received an early ARC, and I need the finished book IMMEDIATELY.
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.
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
Anna (never_withouta_book)
Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I went into this book with no expectations and I couldn’t put it down... I need a minute to 😖😫😭Paul!!!! 😫
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
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
Jan 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
I had to think for a while after finishing this book in terms of my rating. The writing was different/unique - was it because the story was set in Trinidad, so the dialogue & overall writing showcased that? I don’t know, but the beginning was a bit hard to follow and get into.
But as I kept reading about Paul’s disappearance, and his father’s way of coping, I quickly became interested. Paul and Peter are twin brothers - Peter is the superstar child, whereas Paul is ignored and teased.

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