In spite of remarkable differences, Tommy and Eric are as close as brothers. Tommy, a delicate black boy, is cursed with health problems and drawn to trouble more often than not. Eric is a Nordic Adonis, graced by a seemingly endless supply of good fortune. When tragedy rips their makeshift family apart, the two boys are set on courses that diverge astonishingly. In a rive...more
"You're reading the wrong books."
I've read so many, lately, that that was hard to accept, in the moment. And then I read this in one sitting. It's strangely moving and thought provoking and, at times, amateurishly written, with dialogue, descriptions and a final plot twist that are so poorly constructed as to make me feel embarrassed on behalf of Walter M ...more
It read like a manuscript sent to a publisher ...more
"Fortunate Son" is at once quintessential Mosley and at the same time a big departure for him. It's essentially a fairy tale of America, and the magical realism is a new toy for him (one he seems to enjoy playing with). Yet the treatment ...more
The plot is incredible though a bit complex to easily explain. In a brutal nutshell two "brothers", one black and one white, are raised together from birth in a posh Beverly Hills home. Their idyllic childhood is shattered when their black mother dies and Thomas' biological father reclaims him a ...more
The story tells of two brothers, one black, and one white. One is large physically and healthy, the other is small and sickly. Yes, there are differences between Tommy and Eric, but the story is not that simple. The story is not about racism, but is filled with it. I know that ...more
The theme that Mosley does the most with is how affluenc ...more
White boy got everything.
Black boy ain't got nothin'.
And it pretty much goes like that. White people are all advantaged and take it for grant ...more
I am a fan of Easy Rawlins but have not been able to get interested in any other series. Thought I might like this stand alone novel. Guess I did since I picked it up and did not put it down until I was done.
This book was interesting to me in two ways, and many aspects about it have stayed with me since I read it. It is a story of two brothers, one black, one ...more
A page turner th ...more