Nightingale Point by Luan Goldie is a powerful novel about community and tragedy. It is set in London in 1996 but has its roots in Bijlmer, Amsterdam 1992 and the Grenfell Tower disaster.
Nightingale Point is a high rise block of flats. It is a cosmopolitan place where people from many varied backgrounds live. Their lives intersect on a daily basis.
There is a defining day – a day when everything changes. There will forever be a ‘before’ and ‘after’ in the lives of the residents. Those who witnessed this day will never be the same again. Memories and nightmares will haunt them as they relive what cannot be changed.
For some there are near misses. For others there are deep tragedies. For all there are lives changed forever one fatal day in 1996.
There were extraordinary acts of bravery from unexpected places. Unlikely bonds were formed that will remain forever.
Nightingale Point was a story of survival and the indomitable spirit of a community. It was a powerful and heart wrenching read. It was a read that will remain with me long after the final page is read. Thank you Luan Goldie for a magnificent novel.
I received this book for free. A favourable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.