The remarkable, emotional debut novel, both funny and moving, which was longlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction, from the critically acclaimed Andrea Levy, author of the Orange Prize winning SMALL ISLAND and the Man Booker shortlisted THE LONG SONG.
‘Better opportunity’ – that’s why Angela’s dad sailed to England from America in 1948 on the Empire Windrush. Six months later her mum joined him in his one room in Earl’s Court…
…Twenty years and four children later, Mr Jacob has become seriously ill and starts to move unsteadily through the care of the National Health Service. As Angela, his youngest tries to help her mother through this ordeal, she finds herself reliving her childhood years, spent on a council estate in Highbury.
This book was a lovely portrayal of life and growing up. It was so interesting to get invested into the mundane nature of life and the characters within. I also became hooked on the characters way of life and the narrative structure.
The way this book has flashbacks mixed within the present day is a great way to reflect on the protagonist’s childhood. It also is an own voices book as the writer is from Jamaican migrant parents which influenced her writing this novel.
I can see why this book was chosen to receive awards as it is spectacular. The voices within are perfect for the characters and the ages they are meant to be. It is heartbreaking and funny. Everything that I love in a book.
I am also trying to read more Adult books recently and I am very glad I picked this one up after it is on my shelf for nearly 2 years.