Fortunate Son

Fortunate Son

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In spite of remarkable differences, Eric and Tommy are as close as brothers. Eric, a Nordic Adonis, is graced by a seemingly endless supply of good fortune, Tommy is a sickly black boy, cursed with health problems, who yet remains optimistic and strong. After tragedy rips this makeshift family apart, the lives of these boys diverge astonishingly: Eric, the golden youth, is given everything but trusts nothing; Tommy, motherless and impoverished, has nothing, but feels lucky every day of his life. In a riveting story of modern-day resilience and redemption, the two confront separate challenges, and when circumstances reunite them years later, they draw on their extraordinary natures to confront a common enemy and, ultimately, save lives. Fortunate Son has the same brilliant observations of the hidden currents of modern life that won great praise for The Man in My Basement. It is a gripping literary novel that puts complex ideas and forces in play with irresistible more

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  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 136 x 210 x 24mm | 340.2g
  • Profile Books Ltd
  • Serpent's Tail
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Main
  • 1852429313
  • 9781852429317
  • 1,469,449

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?More than any other contemporary novelist, Walter Mosley s work affects the reader on an immediate, visceral level. His anger is as infectious as his humanity? Like Dickens, Mosley stands confidently on the social borderline. On the strength of this remarkable book alone, his best to date, Mosley must be considered one of our great novelists? Guardian 'Mosley writes in spare, evenly cadenced prose reminiscent of Richard Wright or Raymond Chandler * New Statesman * This fine book blends issues of race and family to love, death, fate. As one of the masters of literate American genre fiction, Walter Mosley's prose is suitably easy to digest, yet it also flows with an immensely addictive crackle * The List * Rich in its detail; a vibrant and earthy story about human relationship and the human condition? written with a deftness of touch? This is the always good Walter Mosley at his best * Independent on Sunday *show more

About Walter Mosley

Walter Mosley is the author of over twenty critically acclaimed books and his work has been translated into twenty-one languages. His popular mystery series featuring Easy Rawlins began with Devil in a Blue Dress in 1990, which was later made into a film starring Denzel Washington. Born and raised in Los Angeles, he now lives in New more

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2,535 ratings
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2 7% (175)
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