In a few short weeks we will publish Observer Top Ten Debut novel, Rainbow Milk so we thought all our lovely readers deserved a treat… Here’s an extract from the bespoke soundtrack created by author Paul Mendez to really give you a flavour of the book and show you what a treat you’re in for! Tune in on publication day when we’ll reveal the full soundtrack to accompany your reading experience. . .
A bit about Rainbow Milk . . .
AN OBSERVER TOP TEN DEBUT 2020
‘Sensuous and thrillingly well written’
‘This might be a debut, but Mendez is an exciting, accomplished and daring storyteller with a great ear for dialogue’
Bernardine Evaristo, winner of the 2019 Booker Prize for Girl, Woman, Other
‘The kind of novel you never knew you were waiting for . . . A remarkable debut’
Marlon James, Booker Prize winning author of Black Leopard, Red Wolf
‘This debut cements Mendez as a stunning new voice in fiction’
Rainbow Milk is an intersectional coming-of-age story, following nineteen-year-old Jesse McCarthy as he grapples with his racial and sexual identities against the backdrop of a Jehovah’s Witness upbringing and the legacies of the Windrush generation.
In the Black Country in the 1950s, ex-boxer Norman Alonso is a determined and humble Jamaican who has moved to Britain with his wife to secure a brighter future for themselves and their children. Blighted with unexpected illness and racism, Norman and his family are resilient in the face of such hostilities, but are all too aware that they will need more than just hope to survive.
At the turn of the millennium, Jesse seeks a fresh start in London – escaping from a broken immediate family, a repressive religious community and the desolate, disempowered Black Country – but finds himself at a loss for a new centre of gravity, and turns to sex work to create new notions of love, fatherhood and spirituality.
Rainbow Milk is available to pre-order now, both online and from all good bookshops!