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This Brutal House: Shortlisted for the Gordon Burn Prize 2019
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This Brutal House: Shortlisted for the Gordon Burn Prize 2019 (Paperback)

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SHORTLISTED FOR THE GORDON BURN PRIZE 2019



'A true force of fierceness and beauty' OLIVIA LAING



'A vital book' ANDREW MCMILLAN



'This Brutal House leaves its reader full of a powerful, protesting energy' IRISH TIMES



'A powerful and poetic book' KERRY HUDSON



On the steps of New York's City Hall, five ageing Mothers sit in silent protest. They are the guardians of the vogue ball community - queer men who opened their hearts and homes to countless lost Children, providing safe spaces for them to explore their true selves.



Through epochs of city nightlife, from draconian to liberal, the Children have been going missing; their absences ignored by the authorities and uninvestigated by the police. In a final act of dissent the Mothers have come to pray: to expose their personal struggle beneath our age of protest, and commemorate their loss until justice is served.



Watching from City Hall's windows is city clerk, Teddy. Raised by the Mothers, he is now charged with brokering an uneasy truce.



With echoes of James Baldwin, Marilynne Robinson and Rachel Kushner, Niven Govinden asks what happens when a generation remembered for a single, lavish decade has been forced to grow up, and what it means to be a parent in a confused and complex society.

Fiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945 Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group Publication Date: 09/04/2020 ISBN-13: 9780349700694  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Niven Govinden is the author of four previous novels, most recently All The Days And Nights which was longlisted for the Folio Prize and shortlisted for the Green Carnation Prize. His second novel Graffiti My Soul is about to go into film production. His third novel Black Bread White Beer won the 2013 Fiction Uncovered Prize. He was a judge for the 2017 4th Estate/Guardian B4ME Prize.

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