About Golden Child
I was so excited to read this book because I absolutely LOVED A Place for Us, the first book published by SJP for Hogarth. This latest book was also excellent and had so much depth. What I loved most about it was the setting--I've never read a book set in Trinidad before, no do I really even know that much a bout Trinidad. This book showcased it in a way that almost made it like a character in itself.
This book was so emotional. I couldn't stop thinking about the story after I finished reading it. To be honest, I didn't know WHAT to think. There was so much going on in the story. It saddened me that Clyde and Joy blatantly treated Paul so differently. Because of this, Father Kavanagh was one of my favorite characters in the book, because he saw Paul as "normal" and questioned Clyde's treatment of him. This part of the story showcases the unfortunate truth of what labeling someone as "retarded" can do.
The blurb mentions the "choice that no parent should ever have to make", which, in my opinion, wasn't a hard choice at all and for much of the last third of the book I was so angry at Clyde. I still am angry at Clyde. This perspective challenged me to think of this from Clyde's perspective, even though I didn't want to (I won't give any spoilers--let me know if you want to chat about the ending!).
Overall, I really enjoyed this book and definitely recommend it, especially if you like learning about new places and cultures through reading! This was an excellent debut novel from Claire Adam!