Book cover for Home Home, Papillote Press, Dominica

Home Home

£6.99

ISBN

9781999776831

Published

2018

Format

Paperback
Also an eBook

ISBN

9781999776831

Published

2018

Format

Paperback
Also an eBook

Set in Canada with a Trinidadian backdrop, Home Home explores mental illness as any other kind of illness and the LGBT family as an other kind of family.

When a depressed Trinidadian teenager is sent by her mother to Canada to live with her lesbian aunt, she feels lonely and in exile. But with the help of her aunt, a gorgeous-looking boy, and her Skyping best friend ‘back home’, she begins to accept her new family and her illness. Then her mother arrives and threatens to take her back to Trinidad. Where then is home?

Finalist

Home Home took third place in the Burt Prize for Caribbean Young Adult Caribbean Literature in 2017

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What they say

I loved this book. It vividly creates a world of depression and lost opportunity but also of hope and unconditional love.
– Patrice Lawrence, author of “Orangeboy”

The deft handling of a young girl’s troubles makes us want to cheer for the heroine as she struggles to find health, home, and her true self.”
– Olive Senior, author of “The Pain Tree”, winner of the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature

The story, unfolding through the eyes of a troubled fourteen-year-old girl, a new transplant to Edmonton, is realistic and perceptive. The evocation of immigrant life and adolescent anxieties is both instructive and moving. A timely YA novel.
– Robin Maharaj, award-winning Trinidadian-born novelist, now living in Canada, writer-in-residence at the University of New Brunswick (2016-2017)
Lisa Allen-Agostini offers insights into mental health that will speak to parents and carers as much as to young adults. The subtle shift in her narrator’s sense of self during this short touching novel is hopeful, revealing the power of unconditional love.
– Beverley Naidoo, author of The Other Side of Truth, Carnegie Medal winner

I loved this book. It vividly creates a world of depression and lost opportunity but also of hope and unconditional love.
– Patrice Lawrence, author of “Orangeboy”

The deft handling of a young girl’s troubles makes us want to cheer for the heroine as she struggles to find health, home, and her true self.”
– Olive Senior, author of “The Pain Tree”, winner of the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature

The story, unfolding through the eyes of a troubled fourteen-year-old girl, a new transplant to Edmonton, is realistic and perceptive. The evocation of immigrant life and adolescent anxieties is both instructive and moving. A timely YA novel.
– Robin Maharaj, award-winning Trinidadian-born novelist, now living in Canada, writer-in-residence at the University of New Brunswick (2016-2017)

Lisa Allen-Agostini offers insights into mental health that will speak to parents and carers as much as to young adults. The subtle shift in her narrator’s sense of self during this short touching novel is hopeful, revealing the power of unconditional love.
– Beverley Naidoo, author of The Other Side of Truth, Carnegie Medal winner

About the Author

Lisa Allen-Agostini

Lisa Allen-Agostini is a widely published novelist, journalist, stand-up comedian and poet from Trinidad & Tobago. Her first YA work, The Chalice Project, was a sci-fi novel set in the Caribbean. She writes primarily about the Caribbean, its people and its culture. Her latest novel is The Devil Knead Bread (Myriad Publishers, 2021).

Lisa Allen-Agostini

Lisa Allen-Agostini is a widely published novelist, journalist, stand-up comedian and poet from Trinidad & Tobago. Her first YA work, ‘The Chalice Project’, was a sci-fi novel set in the Caribbean. She writes primarily about the Caribbean, its people and its culture.