THE BEAUTIFUL NEW NOVEL FROM THE COSTA SHORT STORY AWARD WINNER AND AUTHOR OF WOMEN’S PRIZE FOR FICTION LONGLISTED AND BBC RADIO 2 BOOK CLUB PICK NIGHTINGALE POINT
‘A sharp, funny, wonderful writer’ Diana Evans, bestselling author of Ordinary People
‘A beautiful novel. It was a real pleasure to read’
Jing-Jing Lee, author of How We Disappeared
‘Every character in the novel is observed with such incisive precision that they all feel entirely real to me now … Masterfully written’
Beth O’Leary, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Flatshare
‘A thoughtful novel about family, friendship and fitting in’
‘A beautiful story about family, relationships and love’
‘This emotionally charged story highlights the complexities of love, grief and forgiveness . . . Homecoming will have you racing to join the dots from start to finish’
‘Thought-provoking . . . this engaging novel focuses on love, family and identity’
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For years Yvonne has tried to keep her demons buried and focus on moving forward. But her guilt is always with her and weighs heavily on her heart.
Kiama has had to grow up without a mother, and while there is so much he remembers about her, there is still plenty he doesn't know. And there's only one person who can fill in the gaps.
Lewis wants nothing more than to keep Kiama, his son, safe, but the thought of Kiama dredging up the past worries Lewis deeply. And Lewis doesn’t know if he’s ready to let the only woman he's ever loved back into his life.
When Kiama seeks Yvonne out and asks her to come with him to Kenya, the place that holds the answers to his questions, she knows she can't refuse. And this one act sets in motion an unravelling of the past that no one is ready for.
Moving between London and Kenya, and spanning almost two decades, Homecoming is a profound story of love, family and friendship. It’s about coming to terms with your past, and about what happens when we finally share our truths.
About the author
Luan Goldie is a primary school teacher, and formerly a business journalist. She has written several short stories and is the winner of the Costa Short Story Award 2017 for her short story ‘Two Steak Bakes and Two Chelsea Buns’. She was also shortlisted for the London Short Story Prize in 2018 and the Grazia/Orange First Chapter competition in 2012, and was chosen to take part in the Almasi League, an Arts Council-funded mentorship programme for emerging writers of colour. In 2019 she was shortlisted for the h100 awards in the Publishing and Writing category.
Her debut novel, Nightingale Point, was longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2020 and the RSL Ondaatje Prize. It was also a Radio 2 Book Club pick. Homecoming is her second novel.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Costa Short Story Award-winner Luan Goldie’s second novel Homecoming is a gorgeous, gripping portrayal of love, friendship, guilt, identity and family, told over 20 years between London and Kenya. Here, we meet best friends Yvonne and Emma in their shared student house in London back in 2001, as they’re nearing the end of their university years. One day, Emma brings home a new fling, Lewis, and Yvonne realises they’ve already met: on a one-night stand months earlier, which she has never really forgotten about. Their split-second decision to keep that fact quiet from Emma goes on to define the rest of this story—and the lives of its characters. As the novel flits between the past and present, we also meet Kiama, a young man whose entire upbringing has been affected by that closely guarded secret. He desperately seeks answers from Yvonne, and you’ll be just as eager to get to the bottom of his story as this tender novel unfolds. Homecoming is a profound read about the impact of our past choices on our present, filled with stunning depictions of female friendship and love. This novel’s moving ending may feel like the perfect conclusion, but its intricately drawn characters will stay with you long after the final page.