by Bryan, Judith, Evaristo, Bernardine | Fiction & related items
Published 04/02/2021 by Penguin Books Ltd in the United Kingdom as part of the Black Britain: Writing Back series
Paperback | 224 pages
WINNER OF THE SAGA PRIZE 1997: a literary award for trailblazing new Black British novelists’A quietly outstanding work of fiction . . .
an exemplary novel’ Bernardine Evaristo A shattering portrayal of family, guilt and unshakable bonds as a family’s deepest secrets explosively unravel When Anita finally returns home to London after a long absence, everything has changed. Her father is dead, her mother is away, and she and her sister Beth are alone together for the first time in years. They share a house.
They share a family. They share a past. Tentatively, they reach out to one another for connection, but the house echoes with words unspoken.
Dazzling and heart-breaking, Bernard and the Cloth Monkey is a searing portrait of family, a rebellion against silence and a testament to the human capacity for survival. Selected by Booker Prize-winning author Bernardine Evaristo, this series rediscovers and celebrates pioneering books depicting black Britain that remap the nation.