Author(s): David Chariandy


Introducing a major literary voice. This beautiful, timely novel explores love between brothers, between an immigrant family stretched to breaking point and the senseless loss of lives cut short


Michael and Francis are the bright, ambitious sons of Trinidadian immigrants. Their father has disappeared and their mother works triple shifts so that her boys might fulfil the elusive promise of their adopted home. Coming of age in the deprived outskirts of a sprawling city, the brothers must battle against the careless prejudices and low expectations with which they are confronted on a daily basis.
While Francis aspires to a future in music, Michael dreams of Aisha, the smartest girl in their school, whose eyes are firmly set on a life elsewhere. But the hopes of all three are violently, irrevocably thwarted by a tragic event one sweltering summer night.
In luminous prose David Chariandy builds a quietly devastating story about the powerful love between a mother and her sons. Brother explores the impact of race, masculinity and the senseless loss of lives cut short by the shot of a gun. Timely and important, it marks the arrival of a brilliant new literary voice.


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Introducing a major literary voice. This beautiful, timely novel explores love between brothers, between an immigrant family stretched to breaking point and the senseless loss of lives cut short

A brilliant, powerful elegy from a living brother to a lost one, yet pulsing with rhythm, and beating with life * Marlon James, Man Booker Prize-winning author of A Brief History of Seven Killings

 I love this novel. Riveting, composed, charged with feeling, Brother surrounds us with music and aspiration, fidelity and beauty  Madeleine Thien, author of Man Booker Prize-shortlisted novel Do Not Say We Have Nothing

A taut, highly visual, time-stopping story ... What Chariandy has created in this slim book is a language that can transcend the limits of words ... A book worth reading through an entire library to find  Globe and Mail

Mesmerizing. Poetic. Achingly Soulful. Brother is a pitch-perfect song of masculinity and tenderness, and of the ties of family and community – Lawrence Hill, author of The Book of Negroes

This powerful new novel will direct the focus of discourse around issues of race ... A must-read – Toronto Star * This novel's success resides in Michael's moving, pitch-perfect voice. A mesmerizing tale of a Caribbean family that suffers devastating loss in a harsh new land. It is Chariandy's bid to keep that history alive * Literary Review of Canada * Exploring universal themes of love between brothers as well as race, masculinity and the challenges faced by immigrant families, it promises to be an enthralling and timely read * Independent * Chariandy paints his characters with such clarity and sensitivity, it is impossible not to feel every disappointment and frustration with them. This is an evocative study of brotherhood, belonging, masculinity and race, powerful and believable enough to provoke sorrow and anger. I can't wait to see what the young Chariandy does next -- Best Upcoming Titles of 2018 * Big Issue * A moving story about the sons of Trinidadian immigrants to Canada -- Ten Debut Novels to Watch Out For * i * This is the second novel by the Toronto-born author who won critical acclaim for his debut, Soucouyant. A coming of age tale of sons of Trinidadian immigrants, this book shows the battle two brothers face against prejudice and low expectations in 1991 Scarborough, Ontario. David's debut won critical success and we're sure this one won't disappoint -- Best New Books by BME Authors * Metro * A bittersweet homage to the danger of hope and the awkwardness of grief * Quill & Quire * A raw and touching coming of age tale * Melan Mag *

David Chariandy grew up in Toronto and lives and teaches in Vancouver. His debut novel, Soucouyant, was nominated for nearly every major literary prize in Canada. It was shortlisted for the Governor General's Literary Award, won a Gold Independent Publisher Award for Best Novel and was longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. Brother, his second novel, was longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and won the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize.

General Fields

  • : 9781408897263
  • : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • : 0.298
  • : January 2018
  • : May 2018
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : David Chariandy
  • : Hardback
  • : 518
  • : English
  • : 192