A Father's Law by Richard Wright

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Never before published, the final work of one of America's greatest writers

A Father's Law is the novel Richard Wright, acclaimed author of Black Boy and Native Son, never completed. Written during a six-week period near the end of his life, it appears in print for the first time, an important addition to this American master's body of work, submitted by his daughter and literary executor, Julia, who writes:

It comes from his guts and ends at the hero's "breaking point." It explores many themes favored by my father like guilt and innocence, the difficult relationship between the generations, the difficulty of being a black policeman and father, the difficulty of being both those things and suspecting that your own son is the murderer. It intertwines astonishingly modern themes for a novel written in 1960.

Prescient, raw, powerful, and fascinating, A Father's Law is the final gift from a literary giant.


About Richard Wright

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Richard Wright has been writing strange, dark fictions for over a decade. Currently living with his wife and daughter in New Delhi, India, his stories have been widely published in the United Kingdom and USA. Most recently, his tales have been found in magazines and anthologies including World's Collider, Dark Faith: Invocations, Choices, Dark Faith, the Doctor Who collection Short Trips: Re:Collections, and the Iris Wildthyme anthology Wildthyme in Purple. He is the author of the novel Cuckoo, and the novella Hiram Grange and the Nymphs of Krakow. His apocalyptic new novel Thy Fearful Symmetry, bringing the end of the world to Glasgow, was released in 2012.
Published October 16, 2008 by HarperCollins e-books. 268 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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For Tommy, like the young Richard Wright, has broken off his engagement to a girl afflicted with congenital syphilis (the story is briefly told in Michel Fabre’s 1993 biography The Unfinished Quest of Richard Wright).

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The New York Times

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An unfinished novel by Richard Wright concerns a police officer who suspects his son may be a killer.

Feb 24 2008 | Read Full Review of A Father's Law (P.S.)

Publishers Weekly

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Ruddy's son, Tommy—a brilliant but high-strung sociology student at the University of Chicago who makes Ruddy uneasy because of his difficult temperament—knew one of the murder victims well and has been “studying” Brentwood Park.

Nov 19 2007 | Read Full Review of A Father's Law (P.S.)

Gather Books

The author of Native Son, a book I've read a few times, wrote this book right before he died.

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Bookmarks Magazine

Richard Wright, whose powerful, groundbreaking novels brought to light the racial inequality and social injustice of pre–civil rights era America, began writing A Father’s Law six weeks before his death in 1960.

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Project MUSE

The Richard Wright Centennial provides a special opportunity for readers to reconsider salient aspects of Richard Wright's life (1908-1960) and the many angles from which his fiction and nonfiction can still cast light on fundamental issues of the twenty-first century.

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