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