Everybody's Son

Everybody's Son

eBook - 2017
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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.



Publisher: Harpercollins,, 2017
ISBN: 9780062442253
0062442252
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Baker & Taylor Axis 360
Alternative Title: Axis 360 eBooks

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Michael Colford Sep 28, 2017

Thrity Umrigar writes about forgiveness in many of her novels. But it's not a quick and easy forgiveness. It's hard, and painful, and emotionally wrenching. And it's not always granted. In her latest novel, Everybody's Son, there is a lot of forgiveness that needs to be given all around. Anton is left alone in a sweltering apartment for a week at the age of nine while his mother, addicted to crack, disappears. After his ordeal, he finds himself in the foster system, and taken in by a wealthy older couple whose own son died tragically in a high school accident. Their fostering evolves into an adoption, despite the fact of his mother's existence, and years go by where Anton basks in the glow of white privilege, much to the criticism of his black, college girlfriend..

When truths emerge, on the cusp of what may be the biggest achievement of Anton's life, his entire existence is turned inside-out, and he must look at his entire world, and all the people for whom he has played to role of son, in a new light. For the second time in his life, he must undergo a nearly complete transformation, or perhaps, an evolution, not discarding the past, but integrating his many facets into a single, functional man.

This emotionally wrenching, and carefully constructed book shows Umrigar reaching new heights. It touches the reader deeply on a personal level, while touching on the fractured politics and civil injustices that society struggles with so strongly in today's world.

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tstadheim
Sep 05, 2017

A very readable book, but seemed a bit preachy and unbelievable in many portions.

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Eil_1
Sep 05, 2017

An amazingly excellent book! Anton's life, linked with parents who have essentially betrayed him in the name of love and the need to raise a child who mirrors their identity. There are many ethical questions for the reader about the plot. I highly recommend this novel.

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writermala
Jul 24, 2017

Thrity Umrigar's "Everybody's Son," is by far the best novel I have read this year. Nine year old Biracial Anton is abandoned by his Black mother and taken in by powerful white foster parents. At the risk of being somewhat of a spoiler, let me say that Anton rises to meteoric heights but always questions his identity. He is accused by his girl friend of being the whitest black man or the blackest white man she has known So, who is he? The story unravels to tell us this and even though Anton himself feels like he is not the protagonist of his own life story, we feel his angst. He is everybody's son but belongs to know one. We need to read the book to see if he finds the answer to the quintessential question "Who Am I?"

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red_lobster_48
Jun 22, 2017

I really loved this book. I thought she did a great job presenting the material so that you could see yourself on both sides. (mom to adoptive parents; boy to adoptive parents; adoptive to birth mother) Everyone has a side to consider and I really enjoyed the way this book challenged my thoughts on these topics and to consider what I would think and hopefully do.

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dirtbag
Jun 16, 2017

Still has the readability and engagement of the other books, but the content feels a bit contrived and preachy. Maybe it because the book is written from the point of view of an American black man instead of from the point of view of an Indian/Pakistani expat. She has entered an area of unknown culture for her and to me, it makes it feel a bit less realistic.

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Jul 03, 2017

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