Nominated for the 2014 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award in Fiction!
Publishers Weekly has named The Gospel in accordance with Cane a 2012-13 "Notable African-American Title"
"A mother's love is unbreakable, as Frank O'Connor Award–nominee Newland demonstrates in his newest novel...The storytelling is as alluring because the tale itself. Newland, a Jamaican-born British author, seamlessly integrates the enjoyment, worry, uncertainty, and sadness...Newland's prose is gorgeous. His novel--part homecoming narrative within the vein of Toni Morrison's Beloved and half haunting story of loss just like Ernest Gaines's In My Father's House--will attract all enthusiasts of literary fiction."
"The emotional pressure is typically virtually insufferable as a mom and son try and construct a dating out in their shared discomfort. a different and intensely relocating novel."
"The characters are finely drawn with reasonable ambiguity and certainly express the sturdiness of grief and pain."
"Newland can provide an severe portrait of psychological clash opposed to a gritty inner-city history. The publication we're interpreting is Beverley Cottrell's journal...This 'journal of my pain,' turns into a spiral of cathartic violence in which Newland deftly retains the reader guessing."
"As Bev confesses in her journals to occasions that make her seem below the delicate idealist she first seemed, Newland's story gathers velocity and stress. Violence turns into a true risk. satisfied finishing or unhappy? Newland provides somewhat either during this advanced, cathartic portrait of an clever, if no longer constantly good lady, who refuses any more to be outlined through loss."
"What can be a basic, emotive tale of grief and redemption turns into, in Newland's arms, whatever extra complex...The Gospel in accordance with Cane is a page-turner, merging severe literary fiction with social statement. these attracted to a clean, vivid tackle modern London existence should still upload it to their shelves."
"Throughout The Gospel in response to Cane, Mr. Newland takes on...the that means of relatives and the hazards linked to aiding these in distress...With realism and with out sanctimony, Mr. Newland effectively engages probably the most tricky questions we are going to ever face."
--New York magazine of Books
Beverley Cottrell had a dream existence: a prestigious task, a gorgeous husband and child boy. this can be stolen from her one wintry weather afternoon while her son Malakay is abducted from a parked motor vehicle. regardless of a media crusade, an entire police research, and the provide of a present, Malakay is rarely came upon. Beverley’s marriage quickly dissolves and her husband immigrates from England to the U.S. with a brand new wife.
Beverley supplies up her activity, sells the home, and strikes from the leafy suburbs to the internal urban to dwell in a west London housing undertaking. She cocoons herself in grief, becoming extra remoted with every one passing 12 months. After 20 years she supplies up any wish of discovering her son. She teaches kids who've been expelled from institution within the local people heart, shiny young ones thrown on society’s scrap heap.
Beverley starts off to think she has eventually pieced her existence together—until a tender guy starts off showing anyplace she is going. Beverley is confident that he’s stalking her. One darkish night the stalker will get previous her defense door and calls via her letterbox. He tells her to not be scared. He says that he's Malakay, her son.
The Gospel in keeping with Cane is a unique approximately inner-city adolescence in modern London. It’s a meditation on soreness and loss, the load of history, and the way the prior can blur the current. It’s approximately belief and the perceived loss of belief, disillusion, and its results. a global the place everyone seems to be the sufferer, and nobody is to blame.