The Madonna of Bolton by Matt Cain
Madonna of Bolton
The Madonna of Bolton is a novel that immediately grasps the reader and keeps its hold throughout.
Matt Cain introduces us to Charlie Matthews, a boy growing up gay at a certain time and place. Passion for his pop idol runs parallel to his conspicuous and invisible life.
It is a vivid and honest portrayal of a young man's journey into adulthood through struggles and unavoidable social rites of passage that eventually leads to a heartwarming destination.
Charlie's life reveals that he has roots he can not deny and he has wings to be free.
The graphic detail in this evocative novel is truly hilarious and at times utterly heartbreaking. True to life characters stand out on every page.
It is an embracing tale of acceptance, reconciliation and love.
Peter Johnson for Canal St Online.
Published: 13-May-2021 (6209)