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Golden Child

3.47  ·  Rating details ·  6,729 ratings  ·  1,076 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

WINNER OF THE DESMOND ELLIOTT PRIZE - "Golden Child is a stunning novel written with force and beauty. Though true to herself, Adam's work stands tall beside icons of her tradition like V.S. Naipaul."--Jennifer Clement, author
Paperback, 304 pages
Published January 28th 2019 by Hogarth Press (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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, 2019-reads

The 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 a bright future. All of the family’s hopes and dreams for the future are pinned on him. But Paul is different and difficult, and branded “retarded” (although he is not) from oxygen deprivation during a difficult birth. It’s 1980’s Trinidad and lawlessness prevails. The family is of modest means and every day is
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Feb 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dr-tbr-3
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 tour. I was all in! Why? Because the first SJP for Hogarth book I read, A Place for Us, is one of the best, most emotional, books I’ve ever read, and I would not miss her next choice. I was not disappointed. I also want to thank all my Goodreads friends, my local friends, and my blogger friends, who j
Jan 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
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 be unique and fascinating. The juxtaposition of the beauty and corruption was simultaneously disconcerting and alluring. A Book that I believe will stay with me for a long time, a book that asks many questions and begs to be discussed. I was so grateful that I had both my mom and my good friend Jenni
Jan 12, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 22, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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 Janson
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
Updated- February 25th

Re-Read Golden Child as the second book for BookOfCinz book club and it was a success.

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.
Feb 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jeannie by: DeAnn
Shelves: 2019
3.5 This was so heartbreaking! I finished over a week ago and I can't stop thinking about it. The writing was beautiful, I felt like I was in Trinidad, not a place I would want to visit now that I have read this story. It is not a safe place to be. This is the story of twin brothers and how they were treated differently as they grew up. I was very upset at one of the decisions made by one of the characters and I still can't understand why they did it. I was shocked by it! I wish the story had mo ...more
Feb 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
4 heartbreaking stars to this emotional tale

This book packs a powerful, thought-provoking punch. Set on the island of Trinidad, off the coast of Venezuela, this story centers around a family with twins – Paul and Peter. Even though they are twins, the boys are very different. Paul had some complications at birth and Peter excels at school. Recognizing that education is key, an uncle offers to pay for their private school education.

Claire Adam brought the island to life with her writing and I wa
Riva Sciuto

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 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Devastatingly beautiful. This book is going to haunt me for a few days.
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Why I love it
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:
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  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, arc
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.
Mar 01, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review-copies
Goodreads deleted my review and moved the book to want-to-read!! I hope this was just a glitch 🙄🙄Posting my review again!!

Golden Child by Clare Adam was an extremely hard book to read, but even harder was writing this review. I literally procrastinated jotting down my thoughts for weeks. You see, I tend to categorize books – there are those I adore, keep recommending and won’t stop talking about, then there are the those that don’t work for me, ones I simply don’t care about and can’t be bothere
May 24, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Tori (InToriLex)
DNFed at page 112 after trying to slog through for way too long

This is a slow burn character driven story, but I just couldn't relate to the characters. A wonderful setting and interesting elements were overshadowed by descriptive passages that led to no-where.
Jenny (Reading Envy)
Golden Child is a debut novel by Claire Adam, who grew up in Trinidad where the novel is set. It is about a set of twins, one who seems destined for great things while the other suffers from issues occurring during his birth. Most of the novel revolves around when one son goes missing.

Overall the storytelling is a slow burn. There are some side stories that didn't seem to matter as much as I thought they would, and despite the title I found myself surprised by the ending. I would have liked to
Peter Boyle
"It's like choosing your favourite child" is a phrase you often hear celebrities trot out in interviews, when asked to select a dearest album or movie from their career. An impossible question to answer, they love them all equally. Though going by Claire Adam's debut novel, maybe choosing one's preferred offspring is not the quandary it's made out to be?

Peter and Paul are thirteen-year-old twins, living in a leaky house on the island of Trinidad with their parents Clyde and Joy. Peter is a geni
Gail (The Knight Reader)
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
Never Without a Book
I went into this book with no expectations and I couldn’t put it down... I need a minute to 😖😫😭Paul!!!! 😫
Dec 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a remarkable book, a story strongly told--a look into the world of the Deyalsingh family, Hindus living in rural Trinidad, their lives beset by poverty and ambition, robbery and gangsterism. Our appreciation of the extreme pressure on the family deepens as we come to understand the predicament of the father, Clyde--determined to follow his own best guesses--against the mother's own sense of family loyalty--and the uncertain fates of their twin sons Peter and Paul. One, Peter, is gifted ...more
Chandra Claypool (WhereTheReaderGrows)
3.5 Stars.

Uff. The choices parents have to make. This is an interesting book. I love these types of books that get you thinking. We're looking at a book that will definitely make you feel... but for me, I didn't quite get that impact until the end. Then my emotions kind of spiked and fell with different thoughts and boy do I love it when a book does that.

We get different POVs but the majority of it is through Clyde's eyes. There's back and forth in timeline and while the writing is beautiful, it
Nov 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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