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 A deeply affecting debut novel set in Trinidad, following the lives of a family as they navigate impossible choices a...

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Title:Golden Child
Author:Claire Adam
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Genres:Fiction
ISBN:Golden Child
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:288 pages pages

Golden Child Reviews

  • Elizabeth
    Aug 22, 2018
    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 ...
  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    Mar 18, 2019
    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....
  • Cheri
    Jan 16, 2019
    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 ...
  • JanB
    Feb 18, 2019
    3.5 stars 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...
  • Maxwell
    Jan 27, 2019
    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 ...
  • Andrea
    May 24, 2018
    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 assum...
  • Babajaga
    Nov 03, 2018
    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 ...
  • Riva Sciuto
    Jan 09, 2019
    THIS BOOKS IS SO DISAPPOINTING. 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 delaye...
  • Allison ༻hikes the bookwoods༺
    Feb 08, 2019
    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. https://www.instagram.com/p/BtqY1_3nN... ...
  • Linda
    Mar 05, 2019
    This is a book that once I began it it demanded to be read and yet to say I ?loved? it would not be true either. I told my friend that I felt as if it was the siren calling to the sailor who did not have the power to turn away. Intriguing would be an understatement! I have to s...
  • Esil
    Jan 20, 2019
    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 academicall...
  • Kathryn
    Oct 20, 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. ...
  • Liz
    Jan 06, 2019
    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...
  • Diane S ☔
    Jan 21, 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 consi...
  • Pia
    Nov 30, 2018
    Devastatingly beautiful. This book is going to haunt me for a few days. ...
  • Angela M
    Jan 19, 2019
    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 choic...
  • DeAnn
    Feb 25, 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. Pa...
  • Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
    Feb 22, 2019
    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 a...
  • BookOfCinz
    Nov 07, 2018
    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 ...
  • Karen
    Jan 12, 2019
    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 boy...
  • Jeannie
    Feb 28, 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 an...
  • Janelle • She Reads with Cats
    Jan 22, 2019
    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 bor...
  • Fareya
    Mar 01, 2019
    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 thought...
  • Gail (The Knight Reader)
    Dec 02, 2018
    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 difficul...
  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    Feb 26, 2019
    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 fo...
  • Berit☀️✨
    Feb 25, 2019
    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 sim...
  • Never Without a Book™
    Feb 11, 2019
    I went into this book with no expectations and I couldn?t put it down... I need a minute to ???Paul!!!! ? ...
  • Book of the Month
    Dec 30, 2018
    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....
  • Emily
    Jan 22, 2019
    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 ...
  • Sarah Jessica Parker
    Sep 17, 2018
    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 ...