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Other Fruit LGBT Bookclub: Rainbow Milk

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We're kicking off summer with Queer Black joy & coming of age from debut author Paul Mendez. - join us to discuss the gorgeous Rainbow Milk

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Get your copy of Rainbow Milk from Lighthouse online here- use code OTHERFRUIT for 10% off!

This event will take place online- we email the link to the event a couple of hours before we start :)

The Other Fruit Bookclub centers LGBTQ+ books, authors and readers! All are welcome to attend and take part in our discussions, however we ask that if you do not identify at LGBTQ+ you approach the book club as an opportunity for listening and support and give precedence to others in discussion.

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Rainbow Milk is a groundbreaking first novel whose young black protagonist tests the limits of sexual freedom - it's a Bookseller favourite at Lighthouse and a Jhalak Prize longlisted book.

Semi-autobiographical, this gripping coming-of-age story set in the Black Country in the 1950s follows 19-year-old Jesse as he comes to terms with his racial and sexual identity against the backdrop of his repressive religious upbringing . .

Ex-boxer Norman Alonso is a determined and humble Jamaican who has moved to Britain with his wife to secure a brighter future for themselves and their children. Blighted with unexpected illness and racism, Norman and his family are resilient in the face of such hostilities, but are all too aware that they will need more than just hope to survive.

At the turn of the millennium, Jesse seeks a fresh start in London - escaping from a broken immediate family, a repressive religious community and the desolate, disempowered Black Country - but finds himself at a loss for a new centre of gravity, and turns to sex work to create new notions of love, fatherhood and spirituality.

Rainbow Milk is a bold exploration of race, class, sexuality, freedom and religion across generations, time and cultures. Paul Mendez is a fervent new writer with an original and urgent voice.

The kind of novel you never knew you were waiting for. An explosive work that reels from sex, to sin, to salvation all the while grappling with what it means to black, gay, British, a son, a father, a lover, even a man. A remarkable debut - Marlon James

Exquisite descriptions of the body, of longing and lust, set against the recent history of the nation. Proof once more there can be no discussion of English history that isn't also a discussion of blackness, queerness and class - Andrew McMillan

Sensuous and thrillingly well written - Observer

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Readers don’t have to buy the book club book from the shop, however we do rely on those book sales to be able to keep the event & refreshments free, to pay our booksellers for their time prepping & running book clubs and to keep the lights on.

Please do NOT buy your books from Am*z*on (including their kindles!), if you cannot afford the book then PLEASE ask us for a free copy (just email a request for 'Rainbow Milk on Pay-It-Forward' or support your local library.

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The Bookshop operates a Safe Space Policy which all guests are asked to respect, both in-store & online - you can read it here.

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