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Everybody's Son: A Novel (alkuperäinen julkaisuvuosi 2017; vuoden 2017 painos)

– tekijä: Thrity Umrigar (Tekijä)

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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.… (lisätietoja)
Jäsen:AshutoshKhedkar
Teoksen nimi:Everybody's Son: A Novel
Kirjailijat:Thrity Umrigar (Tekijä)
Info:Harper (2017), Edition: First Edition, 352 pages
Kokoelmat:Oma kirjasto
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Everybody's Son (tekijä: Thrity Umrigar) (2017)

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Listened on audiobook. Bookgroup. Enjoyed a lot. Lots to think about-race. ( )
  SBG1962 | Oct 15, 2019 |
I like her writing and enjoy her books. Some interesting questions about race in America so a timely book ( )
  shazjhb | Jun 13, 2018 |
interesting read but not one I would enthusiastically recommend. Good discussion in book group about adoption, personal experience as a foster child. Some aspects of story seemed unlikely to me - e.g. that Anton would not have experienced some significant identity issues / rebellion in adolescence or that he was inclined to align more with his parents view of conflict with girlfriend at Thanksgiving. His strong affinity for Thoreau / Walden seemed pretty anomalous as well
  PaintGirl | Mar 3, 2018 |
In the early 90's (1991 for this book) we have a young boy who breaks a window to escape the locked apartment with no electricity and food supplies running low. He needs to find his mother, who told him not to leave since she was supposed to be right back. Anton cuts his leg on the way and attracts the attention of the police, who pick him up after seeing the injury and blood.

It turns out his mother is an addict and is later found at her dealer's place, doped up and having been sexually assaulted. Anton enters the foster care system and is placed in the care of David Coleman, a judge. David has just lost his son and is desperate to fill the hole the death leaves behind. His actions will have consequences that will echo down through the years.

I was super intrigued by the premise of Umrigar's book. Covering issues such as the justice system, race and racism, white privilege, interracial adoption, it seemed like we would have a fascinating book at what can happen and the consequences. Sadly, this book wasn't it.

Initially the story seemed really fascinating with Anton's childhood and as his world collides with David's. Anton's story then his fostering and eventual adoption plus what David does in order to make the adoption happen kept me reading. But the author employs time skips (which might have been necessary to prevent the book from becoming a huge tome) and something is a bit lost without seeing all of Anton's life as it changes forever.

Overall the writing seems like it's trying too hard. There were moments where I felt the narrator/author was "winking" a bit at the camera, where it seemed like some of the commentary was a nod to the conversations of race and racism today, rather than when the book was set. I felt like I understood where Umrigar was trying to take the reader, but it doesn't quite click. I also had to cringe a bit that the character that makes Anton question everything is a black woman (it wasn't going to Harvard itself or living in that area for college, or that he was adopted by white people, etc.?). I didn't mind Carine herself so much but it just seemed like the author was using an unfortunate trope of a black women doing the labor of educating someone else via this character.

It also seemed like the author didn't know where to go in the end. That the story isn't strictly resolved but that it just sort of petered off for me when it could have been so much more. I wanted to like it and saw the potential there, but I'm not sure Umrigar was the right person to tell this particular story. Borrow. ( )
  HoldMyBook | Feb 11, 2018 |
I received a free copy of Everybody's Son from the publisher -- thank you!

Anton, a young Black boy, is taken away from his mother and fostered (eventually adopted) by a rich, white, political family. But everything is not as it seems with this family's decision to bring him into their lives, and painful secrets come to light throughout the novel.

This is a tough read, but an important and beautiful one. The characters are complex, flawed. Through their decisions and inner conflicts, Everybody's Son raises questions about race, identity, what it means to be a good parent.

I will definitely be recommending this one. ( )
  bucketofrhymes | Dec 13, 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.

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