This Brutal House Book

This Brutal House Book

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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.

Author Noven Govinden
Format Paperback
Pages 304
ISBN 9780349700694

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