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Abundance

National Book Awards, 2021

ebook / ISBN-13: 9780349702681

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‘A tense, yet tender portrait of a father and son trying to escape life on the margin. Determination and despair collide in this unforgettable debut, with an ending that broke my heart’ Douglas Stewart, Booker Prize-winning author of Shuggie Bain

Evicted from their trailer on New Year’s Eve, Henry and his son, Junior, have been reduced to living out of a pick-up truck. Six months later, things are even more desperate. Henry, barely a year out of prison for selling drugs, is down to his last pocketful of dollars, and little remains between him and the street. But hope is on the horizon: today is Junior’s birthday, and Henry has a job interview tomorrow.

To celebrate, Henry treats Junior to dinner at McDonald’s, followed by a night in a real bed at a discount hotel. For a moment, as Junior watches TV and Henry practices for his interview in the bathtub, all seems well. But after Henry has a disastrous altercation in the parking lot and Junior succumbs to a fever, father and son are sent into the night, struggling to hold things together. Can they make it through tomorrow?

Each chapter of this heart-wrenching novel begins with amount of cash in Henry’s pocket, showing how literally father and son’s fortunes can turn on a dime. Through fluorescent supermarket aisles and the booths of fast-food restaurants, this deeply emotional and compassionate novel asks: how can stay alive in a world where everything is stacked against you?

What people are saying about Abundance:
Extremely heartbreaking, I constantly had a pit in my stomachMy heart hurt so much…
I loved it! The emotions and feelings in this story were just written so beautifully.’ Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘I guarantee your heart will not leave your throat for one second reading this… Will haunt you long after you set the book down.’ Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Broke my heart but I couldn’t stop reading.’ Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘Full of beauty, honesty and unexpected grace.’ Gary Shteyngart

‘A quest, a page-turner, and above all a love story, Abundance lays bare one father’s brutal, tender hustle to care for his son in a winner-take-all world.’ Mia Alvar

Gut-wrenching… Truly heartbreaking… Told with compassion and vivid detail… Feels tense right to the very end… Brilliant.’ Goodreads Reviewer

Will rip your heart out.’ Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Reviews

Phenomenal. Guanzon is an incredibly exciting new voice. . . . [Abundance] does one of the things I love about fiction, where it really allows you to walk in a character's shoes - books like this don't come around too often.
The Guardian
A tense, yet tender portrait of a father and son trying to escape life on the margin. Determination and despair collide in this unforgettable debut, with an ending that broke my heart.
Douglas Stewart, author of Shuggie Bain