A tender, comic, honest tale of five estranged London siblings (same father, different mothers) who are brought together in absurd circumstances.
Every bit as engaging and compulsive as her debut Queenie, Candice Carty-Williams’s People Person tells the poignant, funny, of-the-moment story of five siblings who share the same absent father, Jamaican-born Brixtonite Cyril Pennington. Initially solely united by their hazy childhood memories of Cyril picking them up in his legendary gold jeep, the siblings come together later in life in the wake of an accident, with an appealingly outlandish story arc that has family bonds at its heart.
At thirty, aspiring influencer Dimple is something of a lost soul. She still lives at home with her barrister mother, her reach as an influencer is woefully small, and her boyfriend is utterly unreliable. When an evening with him goes somewhat awry, Dimple reconnects with her siblings, which in turns sparks a reconnection with Cyril and his mother.
The way the siblings have each other’s backs when they farcically attempt to fix Dimple’s problem is an amusing joy, and her rocky road to self-determination addresses mental health and abandonment issues with a deft lightness of touch. Pacey, driven by mighty fine dialogue and a wild-dance of a plot, Dimple is sure to have to have Queenie fans rooting for her to find a sense of peace and belonging.
If you could choose your family, you wouldn't choose The Penningtons.
Dimple Pennington knew of her half siblings, but she didn't really know them. Five people who don't have anything in common except for faint memories of being driven through Brixton in their dad's gold jeep, and some pretty complex abandonment issues. Dimple has bigger things to think about. She's thirty, and her life isn't really going anywhere. An aspiring lifestyle influencer with a terrible and wayward boyfriend, Dimple's life has shrunk to the size of a phone screen. And despite a small but loyal following, she's never felt more alone in her life. That is, until a dramatic event brings her half siblings Nikisha, Danny, Lizzie and Prynce crashing back into her life. And when they're all forced to reconnect with Cyril Pennington, the absent father they never really knew, things get even more complicated.
|Publication date:||28th April 2022|
|Publisher:||Trapeze an imprint of Orion Publishing Co|
|Primary Genre||Modern and Contemporary Fiction|
Closing date: 10/07/2022
Candice Carty-Williams was born in 1989, the result of an affair between a Jamaican cab driver and a dyslexic Jamaican-Indian receptionist. She is a journalist, screenwriter, and author of the Sunday Times bestselling Queenie, a book described as 'vital', 'disarmingly honest' and 'boldly political'. In 2016, Candice created and launched the Guardian and 4th Estate BAME (black, Asian and minority ethnic) Short Story Prize, the first inclusive initiative of its kind in book publishing. As a journalist she has written for the Guardian, i-D, Vogue International, every iteration of the Sunday Times, BEAT Magazine, Black Ballad and more. She will probably always ...More About Candice Carty-Williams