Gutter Child

A Novel

by Jael Richardson

On Sale: 01/26/2021

Gutter Child

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Gutter Child

A Novel

by Jael Richardson

On Sale: 01/26/2021


About the Book

A fierce and illuminating debut from FOLD founder Jael Richardson about a young woman who must find the courage to determine her own future and secure her freedom

Set in an imagined world in which the most vulnerable are forced to buy their freedom by working off their debt to society, Gutter Child uncovers a nation divided into the privileged Mainland and the policed Gutter. In this world, Elimina Dubois is one of only 100 babies taken from the Gutter and raised in the land of opportunity as part of a social experiment led by the Mainland government.

But when her Mainland mother dies, Elimina finds herself all alone, a teenager forced into an unfamiliar life of servitude, unsure of who she is and where she belongs. Elimina is sent to an academy with new rules and expectations where she befriends Gutter children who are making their own way through the Gutter System in whatever ways they know how. When Elimina’s life takes another unexpected turn, she will discover that what she needs more than anything may not be the freedom she longs for after all.

Richardson’s Gutter Child reveals one young woman’s journey through a fractured world of heartbreaking disadvantages and shocking injustices. Elimina is a modern heroine in an altered but all too recognizable reality who must find the strength within herself to forge her future and defy a system that tries to shape her destiny.

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Critical Praise

"A soul-searching, beautifully detailed journey, finding the truth of her father’s life along with her own." - Linda Spalding, author of The Purchase on The Stone Thrower

"Cinematic and triumphant, a book for anyone who has ever felt on the outside looking in and longed to understand why." - Tanis Rideout, author of Above All Things on The Stone Thrower

“In Ealey Richardson’s valuable addition to the body of memoirs about family and identity, there is much to be discovered about fathers and daughters [and] the different ways of experiencing blackness." - Lawrence Hill, bestselling author of The Book of Negroes on The Stone Thrower


Product Details

  • ISBN: 9781443457835
  • ISBN 10: 1443457833
  • Imprint: HarperCollins Publishers
  • On Sale: 01/26/2021
  • Pages: 320
  • List Price:13.99 CAD
  • BISAC1 : FICTION / Literary
  • BISAC2 : FICTION / Dystopian
  • BISAC3 : FICTION / General

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