Fortunate Son by Walter Mosley

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Tommy's nickname is Lucky, but no one would think this crippled boy was blessed. Cursed with health problems and drawn into trouble more often than not, Tommy is the recipient of pity rather than admiration. He is nothing like his stepbrother Eric.

Eric, a Nordic Adonis, is graced by a seemingly endless supply of good fortune-he is charming, a star athlete, and a magnet for anyone in his sphere. Yet in spite of these differences, Eric and Tommy are as close as two humans can be.

After tragedy rips their makeshift family apart, the lives of these boys split. In a powerful story of modern-day resilience and redemption, Tommy and Eric forge their separate ways in the world, each confronting the challenges of his sphere. For Tommy this means dropping out of school, selling drugs, living on the streets, and somehow creating a family of his own. Motherless, African-American, and impoverished, Tommy has nothing but feels lucky every day of his life. For Eric, the golden youth, life means athletics, sexual attraction, excellent grades, prosperity, and the uncertainty that comes with prizes won too easily. Given everything, he trusts nothing.

Eric and Tommy's parallel lives are an astonishing story of self-determination and the true measure of fortune. The ties that bind this Adonis and his sickly counterpart, however, are thicker than blood, and when circumstances reunite Eric and Tommy after years apart, their distinct approaches to life may be the only thing that can save them from forces that threaten to destroy them for good.

Written with unique insight into the hidden currents and deeper realities of modern life, Fortunate Son is a tour de force by the author the Boston Globe calls "one of this nation's finest writers."

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About Walter Mosley

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WALTER MOSLEY is one of the most versatile and admired writers in America today. A New York Times –bestselling author, his work has been translated into more than twenty-one languages. Mosley, the winner of an O. Henry Award, a Grammy, and PEN America's Lifetime Achievement Award, lives in New York City.
Published April 10, 2006 by Little, Brown and Company. 336 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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Readers’ Opinions Forum: Book News and Reviews Once the author executes some fancy footwork at the start of the narrative, the book arranges for Eric's father to fall in love with Thomas's mother and the two babies to be sort-of siblings.

Apr 10 2006 | Read Full Review of Fortunate Son

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Fortunate Son by Walter Mosley 320pp, Serpents Tail, £11.99 More than any other contemporary novelist, Walter Mosley's work affects the reader on an immediate, visceral level.

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Publishers Weekly

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Toussaint's performance is flawless, superbly mimicking the vocal patterns of characters both large and small, varying the texture of her reading by altering speed, style and vocal depth to provide Mosley's book with texture and subtle power.

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Walter Mosley's Fortunate Son is a novel about two boys from Southern California, one black and one white, who are as close as brothers.

Apr 18 2006 | Read Full Review of Fortunate Son

Book Reporter

Although Thomas and Eric grew up as brothers, Eric's family didn't accept Thomas or his mother.

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Entertainment Weekly

In Fortunate Son, a flatly written, scantly imagined, utterly inert novel (a break from his popular Easy Rawlins mystery series), Walter Mosley explores issues of love, responsibility, and fate through two boys born a week apart in the same Los Angeles hospital.

Apr 07 2006 | Read Full Review of Fortunate Son


The Easy Rawlins books are so great, that sometimes I've had a hard time warming to his other books at the start, because I just miss Easy and his LA milieu so much, but I have really enjoyed every detour he has taken.

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Reviewing the Evidence

Branwyn and Tommy moved in with Minas, who took care of Tommy medically, while Branwyn took care of the doctor's son, who needed a mother.

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Dr. Nolan convinced Branwyn that she should come and stay at his home and take Thomas with her.

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Bookmarks Magazine

Michael Signor Rocky Mountain News 4 of 5 Stars "It’s a great credit to Mosley, an articulate storyteller and profound social critic, that Fortunate Son feels organic even at its most convoluted.

Aug 29 2007 | Read Full Review of Fortunate Son

Monsters and Critics

Help comes from an unexpected source and with some serious strings attached that thrusts Tommy into making a split second life or death decision that either way, will haunt him for the rest of his life as it steals his most precious possession.

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