Jonathan Escoffery – If I Survive You

Jonathan Escoffery If I Survive You recensie en informatie over de inhoud van de Amerikaanse roman, shortlist Booker Prize 2023. Op 6 september 2022 verschijnt bij uitgeverij Forth Estate de roman van de Amerikaanse schrijver Jonathan Escoffery. Er is geen Nederlandse vertaling van de roman verkrijgbaar of aangekondigd.

Jonathan Escoffery If I Survive You recensie en informatie

Als de redactie het boek leest, kun je op deze pagina de recensie en waardering vinden van de roman If I Survive You. Het boek is geschreven door Jonathan Escoffery. Daarnaast zijn hier gegevens van de uitgave en bestelmogelijkheden opgenomen. Bovendien kun je op deze pagina informatie lezen over de inhoud van de nieuwe roman van de Amerikaanse auteur Jonathan Escoffery.

Jonathan Escoffery If I Survive You recensie

If I Survive You

  • Auteur: Jonathan Escoffery (Verenigde Staten)
  • Soort boek: Amerikaans roman
  • Taal: Engels
  • Uitgever: Fourth Estate
  • Verschijnt: 6 september 2022
  • Omvang: 272 pagina’s
  • Uitgave: paperback / ebook
  • Prijs: € 19,99
  • Boek bestellen bij: Amazon / Bol
  • Shortlist Booker Prize 2023

Flaptekst van de roman van Jonathan Escoffery

In the 1970s, Topper and Sanya flee to Miami as political violence consumes their native Kingston. But America, as the couple and their two children learn, is far from the promised land. Excluded from society as Black immigrants, the family pushes on first through Hurricane Andrew and later the 2008 recession, living in a house so cursed that the pet fish launches itself out of its own tank rather than stay. But even as things fall apart, the family remains motivated, often to its own detriment, by what their younger son, Trelawny, calls “the exquisite, racking compulsion to survive.”

Masterfully constructed with heart and humor, the linked stories in Jonathan Escoffery’s If I Survive You center on Trelawny as he struggles to carve out a place for himself amid financial disaster, racism, and flat-out bad luck. After a fight with Topper–himself reckoning with his failures as a parent and his longing for Jamaica–Trelawny claws his way out of homelessness through a series of odd, often hilarious jobs. Meanwhile, his brother, Delano, attempts a disastrous cash grab to get his kids back, and his cousin Cukie searches for a father who doesn’t want to be found. As each character searches for a foothold, they never forget the profound danger of climbing without a safety net.

Pulsing with vibrant lyricism and inimitable style, sly commentary and contagious laughter, Escoffery’s debut unravels what it means to be in between homes and cultures in a world at the mercy of capitalism and white supremacy. With If I Survive You, Escoffery announces himself as a prodigious storyteller in a class of his own, a chronicler of American life at its most gruesome and hopeful.

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