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Love after love : a novel

by Persaud, Ingrid,

Format: Print Book 2020
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Summary
"A stellar debut . . . about an unconventional family, fear, hatred, violence, chasing love, losing it and finding it again just when we need it most."-- The New York Times Book Review

"A wonder . . . [This book] teems with real, Trinidadian life."--Claire Adam, award-winning author of Golden Child

One of the Best Books of the Summer: Time * The Guardian * Goop * Women's Day * LitHub

After Betty Ramdin's husband dies, she invites a colleague, Mr. Chetan, to move in with her and her son, Solo. Over time, the three become a family, loving each other deeply and depending upon one another. Then, one fateful night, Solo overhears Betty confiding in Mr. Chetan and learns a secret that plunges him into torment.

Solo flees Trinidad for New York to carve out a lonely existence as an undocumented immigrant, and Mr. Chetan remains the singular thread holding mother and son together. But soon, Mr. Chetan's own burdensome secret is revealed, with heartbreaking consequences. Love After Love interrogates love and family in all its myriad meanings and forms, asking how we might exchange an illusory love for one that is truly fulfilling.

In vibrant, addictive Trinidadian prose, Love After Love questions who and how we love, the obligations of family, and the consequences of choices made in desperation.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Set in Trinidad, this affecting novel tells the story of an unconventional family: Miss Betty, a widow; her teenage son, Solo; and their lodger, Mr. Chetan, a teacher and closeted gay man. Following a failed sexual encounter with Miss Betty, Mr. Chetan comes out to her, an action that cements a loving friendship. All is well until something unexpected happens, so emotionally powerful it drives Solo away from home to the U.S., where he will live with his uncle, determined never to return to Trinidad. The story, told in alternating chapters from the three characters' respective, first-person points of view, follows the evolving nature of the troubled relationships among them. Self-hating Solo is especially troubled, finding relief only in cutting. Now estranged from her son, Miss Betty finds solace in her continuing friendship with Mr. Chetan, who struggles to find love with other men. Arriving without foreshadowing, a major incident that drives the novel's climax may seem arbitrary to some readers; however, it serves the essential purpose of reuniting mother and son. Beautifully written, the novel is told in Trinidadian dialect ("You here bazodee over a man you ain't seen since he was in short pants"). The skilled treatment of the characters brings them to vivid life, as it does the richly realized Trinidadian setting. An award-winning short story writer, Persaud demonstrates her skill with longer fiction in this superb debut novel."
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Persaud's auspicious debut traces the gut-wrenching lives of a makeshift Trinidadian family over the past two decades. After Betty Ramdin's abusive, alcoholic husband, Sunil, dies, Betty invites a reserved math teacher, Mr. Chetan, to rent a room in her house. Chetan, who knows Betty as an administrator at his school, accepts the offer and forms a bond with Betty's five-year-old son, Solo. The three quickly form a de facto family, and Chetan shines in the kitchen ("She hand nowhere near sweet like mine," he says). Cracks emerge later, as Betty's attempt to initiate sex with Chetan falters when he reveals he is gay, and Solo, now a teenager, overhears Betty confess to Chetan that she caused Sunil's death by pushing him down a set of stairs. After Solo graduates high school, he illegally immigrates to New York City and cuts off all contact with his mother. Though Solo's uncle helps him find work, he isolates himself socially and descends into self-harm. Meanwhile, Chetan, who came of age when sodomy was illegal in Trinidad, navigates clandestine relationships with a controlling police officer and an old flame, now married. After Solo hears tragic news from Trinidad, he returns for a bittersweet reunion. In chapters alternately narrated by Solo, Betty, and Chetan in vibrant Trinidadian dialect, Persaud expertly maps the trio's emotional development and builds a complicated yet seamless plot full of indelible insights and poignant moments. This affecting family saga shines brightly. Agent: Zoe Waldie, RCW Lit Agency. (Apr.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Love stories.
Publisher New York :2020
Edition First edition.
Language English
Description pages cm
ISBN 9780593157565
0593157567
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