Hope and Glory
A brilliant debut by a British-Nigerian author—a heartfelt family drama that will delight book club readers and fans of books like Transcendent Kingdom, Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows, and The Girl with the Louding Voice.
Glory arrives back in south London, from her seemingly-glamorous life in LA, to mourn the sudden death of her father, and finds her previously-close family has fallen apart in her absence. Her brother, Victor, has been jailed; her sister, Faith, appears to have lost her independence and ambition; and their mother, Celeste, is headed towards a breakdown. Glory is thrown by their disarray, and rather than returning to America she decides to stay and try to bring them all together again. However, when she unearths a huge family secret, Glory risks losing everyone she truly cares about in her pursuit of the truth.
Publisher: William Morrow / HarperCollins
Publication Date: April 19, 2022
'A sweeping, rich tale that explores family, secrets, loss, love and redemption within the context of a tessellation of cultures - written with a beautiful texture, Benson pulls you in to a deftly-woven story with tautly-written sentences, and before you know it you find yourself in too deep to get out, too deep to want to get out, wanting to know more.'
- Bolu Babalola, author of LOVE IN COLOUR
'Jendella Benson has drawn such a compelling world that Hope and Glory, the book and the characters themselves, stayed with me long after I'd turned the final pages.'
- Candice Carty-Williams, author of QUEENIE
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Jendella is a British-Nigerian writer, editor and visual creative. She is Head of Editorial at Black Ballad – the award-winning digital media company for Black women in Britain and beyond. Her short story, Kindling, was published in The Book of Birmingham collection, and her visual work has appeared in the Guardian, on BuzzFeed and been exhibited internationally. Hope and Glory is her first novel.