It’s been 10 years since David Chariandy’s debut novel Soucouyant was released to great critical acclaim, picking up a Gold Independent Publisher Award for Best Novel and several prestigious literary nominations.
His much anticipated second novel, Brother, has also garnered positive reviews from readers and critics alike, winning the 2017 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and a nomination for the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize (BC Book Prizes). Based on Chariandy’s own experience growing up in Scarborough, the writing is lyrical, intimate, peppered with unexpected humour, and filled with compassion for his well-drawn characters. Brothers Michael and Francis are immigrant kids with dreams of making it big, but they struggle against economic disadvantage and racism in a world that sees only the colour of their skin.
In his book, Something I’ve Been Meaning To Tell You, written as a letter to his 13-year-old daughter, Chariandy addresses race politics in an attempt to explain a painful past while presenting hope for the future.