Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Review: Everybody's Son
Thrity Umrigar is not an author who shies away from tough questions. In Everybody's Son, she looks at the immoral decisions that people will make for the people they love. Anton is a boy who goes through difficult circumstances, but he is also a boy who is deeply loved by his mother and by his foster parents. It would be easy for the author to portray the drug-addicted mother as the villain and the kind Colemans as the heroes. It would also be easy to rail against the rich white people who took a black child away from the mother who was doing the best she could. But Thrity Umrigar does neither of these things. Instead, she has created a nuanced story in which characters do bad things for good reasons and good things for the wrong reasons.
The ending of this book was wrapped up a little neatly for me and I wished that we hadn't jumped from a lot of action to a lot of self-reflection in the final hundred pages. But Thrity Umrigar is a careful and compelling writer and this book will give you a lot to think about when it comes to power, privilege, and the bond of family.
By Thrity Umrigar
Harper June 2017
From the library
Subscribe to: Post Comments (Atom)
This one has been on my radar for a couple months. It sounds like a compelling story. I hope I can find the time to squeeze it in this year.ReplyDelete
I would love to hear your thoughts!Delete
I hope I can find this book. The subject of ethics is a tough one. You have to be faced with a situation to know how moral and ethical one is.ReplyDelete
Exactly! It's so tough to know how you would react until you are in a crisis.Delete