Cassava Republic Press acquires FLY, BROTHER, a portrait of a boy immigrant to London in the 90s by London-based writer Amos Ruiz.
‘Mum, how can I know what’s real?… How can I know for sure the difference between a memory and my imagination?’
FLY, BROTHER follows Carlos and his Spanish mother as they leave Cataluña for London, cutting loose from his Afro-Brazilian father and his early memories. As he is confronted with the realities of his new life, he is driven to search deep in his mind for what, maybe, was originally lost. In this novel, Ruiz delivers a tender story of young first love; a story of breaking inherited cycles of abuse and addiction; a subtle mystery about formative memory; and a story of what it feels like to face the starkest choice of all – whether to live or die. Fly, Brother’s young narrator Carlos is beautifully rendered in an intimate voice that slowly matures across the novel, as he grows up and the schisms open in him.
Layla Mohammed acquired print and ebook World English Language rights for FLY, BROTHER from Laetitia Rutherford at Watson, Little Agents. Publication is slated for Spring 2023.
For Mohamed, “Fly, Brother is a heart-in-your-mouth read that takes hold of you from the opening pages and doesn’t let you go. In this nostalgia-sparking story, 90s London feels like a character unto itself, serving as a backdrop for a haunting but vital exploration of childhood, addiction, abuse and migration. I am delighted to have acquired this powerful and immersive coming-of-age tale that will resonate with both teens and adults alike.”
In anticipation of publication, Ruiz “feel(s) hopeful about Fly, Brother being out in the world.” With sights on the readers that Fly, Brother exists for, he continues: “somewhere out there is a vulnerable teenage boy who will feel less alone after reading this novel. And if he gets to read it, I will have answered my calling as a writer.”
For agent, Laetitia Rutherford, “Amos Ruiz captivated me with the voice of his young protagonist Carlos – and with a novel that has the knock-out feeling of truth.”
Part My Name is Why, part My Name is Leon, FLY, BROTHER recaptures the intensity, innocence, and humor of teenage years, and explores what it feels like to be pushed to the edge.
Amos Ruiz was born in Madrid in 1984 to an Equatoguinean mother and a Spanish father. He came to London aged 10 and grew up in Ladbroke Grove. He studied Mathematics at University of London (BSc) and University of Oxford (MSc) before working in investment banking for five years. Aged 31, he moved away from the world of finance to pursue his interests in writing and filmmaking.