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Golden Child

A Novel
Narrated by: Obi Abili
Length: 7 hrs and 8 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (67 ratings)
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Interview: Listen in as Claire Adam talks about the power of books and how her debut novel, Golden Child, set on a Caribbean Island and centered on a poor but proud family, resonates with people from all walks of life.

I'm Trinidadian originally, and the book is set in Trinidad, but I hope that people from many places hear it in their own way...

  • Golden Child
  • I'm Trinidadian originally, and the book is set in Trinidad, but I hope that people from many places hear it in their own way...

Publisher's Summary

A new novel from Sarah Jessica Parker’s imprint, SJP for Hogarth: a deeply affecting debut novel set in Trinidad, following the lives of a family as they navigate impossible choices about scarcity, loyalty, and love.

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 of Gun 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 wife, looks after the home. Their two sons, 13 years old, wake early every morning to travel to the capital, Port of Spain, for school. They are twins but nothing alike: Paul has always been considered odd, while Peter is widely believed to be a genius, destined for greatness.

When Paul goes walking in the bush one afternoon and doesn't come home, Clyde is forced to go looking for him, this child who has caused him endless trouble already and who he has never really understood. And as the hours turn to days, and Clyde begins to understand Paul’s fate, his world shatters - leaving him faced with a decision no parent should ever have to make.

Like the Trinidadian landscape itself, Golden Child is both beautiful and unsettling; a resoundingly human story of aspiration, betrayal, and love.

©2019 Claire Adam (P)2019 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

“In fluid and uncluttered prose, Golden Child weaves an enveloping portrait of an insular social order in which the claustrophobic support of family and neighbors coexists with an omnipresent threat from the same corners.” (The New York Times Book Review)

“[A] powerful debut…a devastating family portrait - and a fascinating window into Trinidadian society.” (People)

“[An] emotionally potent debut novel…with a spare, evocative style, Adam (a Trinidad native) evokes the island’s complexity during the mid-'80s, when the novel is mostly set: the tenuous relationship between Hindus like Clyde’s family and the twins’ Catholic schoolmaster, assassinations and abductions hyped by lurid media headlines, resources that attract carpetbagging oil companies but leave the country largely impoverished.” (USA Today

“Throughout this stunning portrait of Trinidad’s multicultural diversity, and one family’s sacrifices, soaring hopes and ultimate despair, Adam weaves a poetic lightness and beauty that will transfix readers.” (Publishers Weekly, starred review)  

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moving story

I enjoyed reading this family story. It was riveting an unexpected at times. the author is a very good storyteller. plan to read more of her novels. the narrator's voice was soothing. I am going to recommend this novel as the next for my book club to read.

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A truly authentic and accurate West Indian story

As a fellow West Indian, this story transported me back to the Caribbean. Brilliant, maddening and saddening all at the same time. Reminding me of the joys and simplicity of island life; the frustrations of why I wanted to leave and the guilt of not wanting to return.

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Engrossing

The plot definitely held my interest from beginning to end. The detailed description was a pleasure to read. Worse part was the narrator - while his accent was wonderful and brought the setting alive his voice modulated in an odd way which made it difficult to find a suitable volume to listen to the book. So you have to be constantly turning the volume up and down.

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Golden Parents

I was there, under the porch, on the steps, on the sofa. The author gave such minute details of people and places that I was transported. I felt the heartache of the parents. It was a beautiful story of a family in Trinidad.

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Narrator needs to better manage his volume...too loud, then too quiet. Quite annoying. Accents and delivery good, however.

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Enjoyed this!

Good read. Stirred memories of my childhood in Trinidad. I am looking forward to more from this writer. Sounds like a part two will follow.

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So sad!!!

This is a depressing heartbreaking book I would not recommend it to anyone. It serves no purpose.