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A Promising First Effort,
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"Pigeon English" is Stephen Kelman's first novel. While it is not perfect, his writing show promise. He has a good ear for dialogue and an excellent memory and powers of observation about how an 11 year-old boy thinks and talks and interacts with others. Harrison Opuku, his mother and sister emigrated from Ghana to the slums of London. The novel centers on his struggle to figure out who stabbed to death a neighbor boy. He struggles to make sense of an alien world, and the normal struggles of a boy striving to figure out how to survive in school, in the neighborhood, in the family, in love.
The author introduces a mystical pigeon as an occasional narrator. The boy and the pigeon have a metaphysical connection. This part of the story did not really resonate with me. I also found the denouement somewhat disappointing. I hope that Kelman continues to write and to perfect his craft. There is real promise here.