Faber & Faber
It’s dark now; the bats are out. Insects knock against the light on the patio and the dog sits at the gate. A boy has not returned home and a family anxiously awaits. A father steps out into the night to search for his son.
As the hours turn into days, this man will learn many things. He will learn about being a father to twin boys who are in no way alike. He will learn how dangerous hopes and dreams can be. He will learn truths about Trinidad, about his family, and himself. He will question received wisdom and will question his judgement. He will learn about sacrifice and the nature of love and he will be forced to act.
Praise from the Desmond Elliott Prize
‘This novel gives a succinct lesson in how corrupt society corrupts absolutely, everyone in its ambit, even – especially – those who stand apart. Claire Adam fixes this dreadful truth at the heart of the extended Deyalsingh clan, and in the mouth of the patriarch whose prideful fire will burn through his little family: Clyde and Joy, Peter and Paul, this quartet of biblical integrity taken apart, evicted from their haven by serpentine evil. The author, a child of Trinidad herself, has conjured richly affecting dilemma from bare ethics, from wilful paralysis of feeling an electrifying psychological thriller.’
About the Author
Claire Adam was born and raised in Trinidad. She read Physics at Brown University and later took an MA in Creative Writing at Goldsmiths, University of London, where she gained a distinction. She lives in London.