In case you didn’t know, I’m a big fan of synchronicity. Coincidence is so boring when you can choose to believe that the most random things are part of a greater pattern! So…how awesome is it that my Monday reading is A) one of my favorite authors B) she lives in Cleveland and C) I’M IN CLEVELAND! I know, I’m giddy, too. And in my little rainbow unicorn mind there is every likelihood that while I’m reading Thrity Umrigar’s newest novel in Cleveland, I’m going to run into her. If this happens there is also every chance I’ll do what I do whenever I meet an author I love. I call it my curtsey/mumble routine. It’s only one degree away from me being hauled off as a lunatic or stalker, but it’s all I can muster when I meet the people that create the magic that keeps me sane.
Everybody's Son by Thrity Umrigar
Published by Harper
Publication date: June 6th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Fiction, Literary
The bestselling, critically acclaimed author of The Space Between Us and The World We Found deftly explores issues of race, class, privilege, and power and asks us to consider uncomfortable moral questions in this probing, ambitious, emotionally wrenching novel of two families—one black, one white.
During a terrible heat wave in 1991—the worst in a decade—ten-year-old Anton has been locked in an apartment in the projects, alone, for seven days, without air conditioning or a fan. With no electricity, the refrigerator and lights do not work. Hot, hungry, and desperate, Anton shatters a window and climbs out. Cutting his leg on the broken glass, he is covered in blood when the police find him.
Juanita, his mother, is discovered in a crack house less than three blocks away, nearly unconscious and half-naked. When she comes to, she repeatedly asks for her baby boy. She never meant to leave Anton—she went out for a quick hit and was headed right back, until her drug dealer raped her and kept her high. Though the bond between mother and son is extremely strong, Anton is placed with child services while Juanita goes to jail.
The Harvard-educated son of a US senator, Judge David Coleman is a scion of northeastern white privilege. Desperate to have a child in the house again after the tragic death of his teenage son, David uses his power and connections to keep his new foster son, Anton, with him and his wife, Delores—actions that will have devastating consequences in the years to come.
Following in his adopted family’s footsteps, Anton, too, rises within the establishment. But when he discovers the truth about his life, his birth mother, and his adopted parents, this man of the law must come to terms with the moral complexities of crimes committed by the people he loves most.
I’m always excited to read a new novel from Thrity Umrigar, but based on the synopsis above, this is moving out of her wheelhouse. By and large, she has always written about the life experiences of Indians or Indian-Americans, so this sounds even more packed with social issues and from a difference aspect then her previous books. I’m really excited to see what she’s done with this material.
Somehow, the summer months have become a time of lots of new releases! Here are just some of the other books I’ll be reading while I travel. You can click on the book cover for a synopsis.
That’s my exciting reading news for the week! How about you, what are you reading?