2019 Political Fiction Book prize long list


David Chariandy

Published by: Bloomsbury Publishing

“The sour pun in the title of David Chariandy’s short, elegiac
novel crystallises its place in the conjunction of sexual and racial and
family politics. It shuttles back and forth in time to describe the
narrator’s relationship with his older brother and their Trinidad-born
single mother, in a poor part of Toronto, the death of that brother and
the aftershocks of his death. It speaks of ‘complicated grief’. It’s a
book of great lyric precision and emotional resonance: an epic crammed
into the space of a novella.”