From the author of Nightingale Point, longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction, comes a new thought-provoking novel.
Jess is a single mother to two teenage children, and although life can be tough she’s just about keeping things together. But when her landlord asks her to move on, so he can sell the house they’re living in without warning, Jess’s worries take on a whole new meaning. As Jess struggles to regain her footing, cracks begin to appear in other areas of her life, and suddenly she feels she’s failing at everything. Her daughter Hazel is becoming more and more distant, her son Jacob is struggling to find where he fits in the world, and the menacing spectre of Jess’s older brother, someone she cut out of her life years ago, begins to make his presence felt again.
Jess knows she’s the only one who can keep her family together, but how can she keep going when life keeps beating her back?
Set on the streets of east London, These Streets is a searing and powerful novel that explores how we are meant to find our place in a world that is designed for only the privileged to succeed. Beautiful and honest, it is an essential story about living in Britain today.
“The line between home and homelessness is extremely thin and filled with judgement, but These Streets turns a spotlight on the strength and resilience required to overcome physical and emotional adversity that never should have been yours in the first place. Important and remarkable.” — Bonnie Garmus, Lessons in Chemistry.
“A sharp, funny, wonderful writer.” — Diana Evans, bestselling author of Ordinary People.
Praise for Luan Goldie:
“A warm, confident writer with the lightest of touches.” — The Observer.
“Exquisite eye for detail and delicate turn of phrase.” — The Guardian.
“Luan Goldie writes vividly about the inner lives of characters who inhabit a world so often overlooked.” — Mike Gayle, bestselling author of All the Lonely People.