Katy Massey's Are We Home Yet? is shortlisted for the Jhalak Prize 2021!
The #Twentyin2020 memoir by Katy Massey has been shortlisted for this year's prize. The award focuses on diverse books and is the sister prize to the Jhalak Children's and YA Prize, their aim is to celebrate books by British/British resident BAME writers.
The Jhalak Prize has teamed up with National Book Tokens to organise Champion Bookshops for each shortlisted title. Katy's Bookshop Champion is October Books, shop here or at Jacaranda Books Online to support independent bookshops.
Are We Home Yet? follows Katy's childhood when a
s a girl, Katy accidentally discovers her mother is earning money as a sex worker at the family home, rupturing their bond. As an adult, Katy contends with grief and mental health challenges before she and her mother attempt to heal their relationship. From Canada, to Leeds and Jamaica, and exploring shame, immigration and class, the pair share their stories but struggle to understand each other’s choices in a fast-changing world.
Spanning the years from 1935 to 2010, Are We Home Yet? is the moving and funny story of a girl and her mother. Can these two strong women call a truce on their hostilities and overcome the oppressive ghosts of the past?