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Caleb Azumah Nelson takes us into Stephen’s community across three consecutive summers. During these summers we see him grow from a teenager to an adult, as he navigates the South-East London streets, and Ghana where his parents are from. 


While this novel captures many difficult moments in Stephen’s life, there is a strong sense of endless possibility in the story that takes us back to the summers of our late-teenage years. The novel is an exploration of love, trauma, grief, immigrant life and the healing power of music – themes which are handled gently and tenderly. Azumah’s prose reads like a poem, like a song; just as it did in his award-winning debut, Open Water.

Small Worlds; Caleb Azumah Nelson

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