Rainbow Milk

Rainbow Milk

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Hardback Published on: 23/04/2020
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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: 9780349700595
  • Number of pages: 368
  • Weight: 620g
  • Dimensions: 238 x 164 x 34 mm

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Rainbow Milk
Unexpectedly enjoyable
Thanks to NetGalley and The Publisher for this eARC in exchange for an honest review. I didn't expect to enjoy this as much as I did. After my initial con... READ MORE
Ms Walker
Rainbow Milk
What a debut wow. I went in purposely not knowing anything about the book, I was drawn by the description on NetGalley but apart from that I went in withou... READ MORE
Andrea Ortiz
Rainbow Milk
a unique, thrilling and incredibly original novel
I find myself saying this a lot lately, but this book completely surpassed my expectations. Rainbow Milk is a semi-autobiographical, coming-of-age novel th... READ MORE
Tenelle Ottley-Matthew
Rainbow Milk
A Blistering Debut Worth All the Praise
This an exceptional debut; Paul Mendez is a marvel. Closely examining themes of sex, class, sexuality, race, racism, and religion, this is not a book for t... READ MORE
Brunch Book Club
Rainbow Milk
Compelling story
Really enjoyed this read. Refreshing to have a good story alongside graphic erotica – so often it’s one or the other but not both together. Jesse grew up ... READ MORE
Lucy Williams
Rainbow Milk
Powerful story
This novel has a deep and complexity of storytelling. But it doesn't feel hard to read. Enjoyable to read. Can't believe this is his debut!
Rainbow Milk
Debut novel
Thematically, an important and interesting look at a young gay black man's experiences in modern Britain. I just couldn't connect with the characters for s... READ MORE
Alan M
Rainbow Milk
Fabulous debut.
What a debut wow. I went in purposely not knowing anything about the book, I was drawn by the description on NetGalley but apart from that I went in withou... READ MORE
Andrea Ortiz
Rainbow Milk
Rainbow Milk is a great debut and an important novel
Rainbow Milk is a a semi-autobiographical coming of age novel about Jesse moving from the Black Country to escape his strict Jehovahs Witness family who ha... READ MORE
Steve Taylor
Rainbow Milk
Promising opening
The opening chapter is beautifully written with well drawn characters. After the first couple of chapters the book becomes tedious. There's too much desc... READ MORE
Denise Douieb
Rainbow Milk
Absolutely loved it!
I really enjoyed reading this book and following Jesse through his journey: it is impossible not to fall in love with him and root for him. The book is so ... READ MORE
Davide Marullo
Rainbow Milk
Beautifully written absolutely amazing!
I loved this read so much, was a pride month buy and I will continue to recommend to every lgbtq+ individual I meet. At the top of my list for my 2020 find... READ MORE
Grayson Lowe
Rainbow Milk
Raw and visceral
I can't decide what to make of this novel, at its heart it's a raw, visceral and graphic coming of age story, but there's a lot of padding in the writing. ... READ MORE