Gutter Child

Gutter Child

by Jael Richardson
  • critically-acclaimed
  • debut
  • diversity
  • from-ontario

Set in an imagined reality, where segregation has not been abolished, Gutter Child is the story of Elimina, a young woman raised in privilege as part of a government social experiment. When she loses the only mother she’s ever known – a woman who gave her everything but the truth about her origins – Elimina is left to find her way in a world as confusing as it is hostile.

Richardson’s fierce and heart-breaking debut novel exposes what happens when the most vulnerable among us are left to fight for survival against impossible odds and incredible obstacles.


Jael Richardson, author

Jael Richardson is the artistic director of The Festival of Literary Diversity and the books columnist on CBC Radio’s ‘q’. She is the author of the award-winning The Stone Thrower: A Daughter’s Lesson, a Father’s Life, a memoir based on her relationship with her father, CFL quarterback Chuck Ealey. Her essay Conception is part of Room’s first Women of Colour edition, and excerpts from her first play, my upside down black face, are published in the anthology T-Dot Griots: An Anthology of Toronto’s Black Storytellers. Richardson has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Guelph and she lives in Brampton, Ontario.

Rights Holder

Rights Holder: P.S. Literary Agency



rights sold: English (North America)

rights available: World, excl. North America

Additional Information

number of pages: 300

Original language of pub: English

Materials Available: proposal