Niven Govinden


This Brutal House

Dialogue Books

This Brutal House takes us into the New York vogue ball community. The story focuses on the Mothers, queer men who opened their hearts and homes to lost children, and their silent protest staged outside New York City Hall. Told with artistry and passion, the novel asks what happens when a generation remembered for a single lavish decade has been forced to grow up, and what it means to be a parent in a confused and complex society.

Niven Govinden is the author of four previous novels, most recently All the Days and Nights, which was longlisted for the Folio Prize and shortlisted for the Green Carnation Prize. His second novel Graffiti My Soul is about to go into film production. His third novel Black Bread White Beer won the 2013 Fiction Uncovered Prize. He was a judge for the 2017 4th Estate/Guardian BAME Prize.