Rainbow Milk

Rainbow Milk

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 04/02/2021
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Rainbow Milk
An astonishingly good debut.
It's so hard to believe that Rainbow Milk by Paul Mendez is the author's debut. The novel is so strong in it's message. Following a two black men; one ... READ MORE
Alan O'Keeffe
Rainbow Milk
Rainbow Milk
A big thank you to the publisher for sending me a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review! A very raw and often explicit exploration of sex... READ MORE
Red at Southport


Shortlisted for the Polari First Book Prize 2021

Longlisted for the Desmond Elliot Prize 2021

Shortlisted for the Jhalak Prize 2021

Shortlisted for the British Book Awards Debut Book of the Year 2021

Rainbow Milk is an intersectional coming-of-age story, following nineteen-year-old Jesse McCarthy as he grapples with his racial and sexual identities against the backdrop of a Jehovah's Witness upbringing and the legacies of the Windrush generation.

In the Black Country in the 1950s, ex-boxer Norman Alonso is a determined and humble Jamaican who has moved to Britain with his wife to secure a brighter future for themselves and their children. Blighted with unexpected illness and racism, Norman and his family are resilient in the face of such hostilities, but are all too aware that they will need more than just hope to survive.

At the turn of the millennium, Jesse seeks a fresh start in London - escaping from a broken immediate family, a repressive religious community and the desolate, disempowered Black Country - but finds himself at a loss for a new centre of gravity, and turns to sex work to create new notions of love, fatherhood and spirituality.

Rainbow Milk is a bold exploration of race, class, sexuality, freedom and religion across generations, time and cultures. Paul Mendez is a fervent new writer with an original and urgent voice.

  • Publisher: Dialogue
  • ISBN: 9780349700588
  • Number of pages: 368
  • Weight: 280g
  • Dimensions: 196 x 126 x 28 mm

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Rainbow Milk
Enthralling read
Thoroughly enjoyed this book. It moved along at a good pace and really kept the interest piqued. Intend to read it again soon as so enjoyed it.
Elaine Peach
Rainbow Milk
Intense and eye opening
4.5 ⭐️ This novel is a fantastic exploration of sexuality, freedom, expression and everything in between. Be warned this can get quite graphic and doesn’t ... READ MORE
Francesca Brindle
Rainbow Milk
interesting enough
It is a fictional autobiography through Jesse, who runs away to London to find a meaningful life as a black, gay man after being within his religious famil... READ MORE