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Everybody's Son: A Novel

byThrity Umrigar

Paperback | May 2, 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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This book will keep you totally riveted from the very first page and is my favourite piece of fiction so far this year. Everybody’s Son sets up a compelling conflict when a drug-addicted single mother temporarily loses custody of her son. The child is taken into foster care by a well-educated, loving couple, who, having recently lo...

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Thrity Umrigar is an Indian-American writer, who was born in Mumbai. She received her Bachelors of Science from Bombay University. She immigrated to the United States when she was 21.She then went on to earn her M.A. From Ohio State and her Phd from Kent State University. She is a journalist and the author of the novels Bombay Time, Th...
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Title:Everybody's Son: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.88 inPublished:May 2, 2017Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great story I enjoyed the story, but found the narration a little difficult, it is written from "a fly on the wall" type perspective...other than that it was great!
Date published: 2017-09-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful book! A great story. I couldn't put it down.
Date published: 2017-09-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from yes Very pleased with this read
Date published: 2017-09-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it Could not put this book down it is very much worth the read
Date published: 2017-08-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow, read in a day! Amazing read!! I found myself attached to the characters and couldn't put this book down until I found out what happened.
Date published: 2017-08-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read! You'll have a hard time putting this book down. The book tackles themes that are relevant today including rich vs. poor, systemic racism, and one's identity. Very thought-provoking!
Date published: 2017-08-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tough topic, makes you think! This book really made me think, I read it while I was enrolled in a psychology class and the two complimented each other. The book will stick with me forever, a must read for sure!
Date published: 2017-08-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this! I bought this for my cousin and I ended up keepign for myself because this was such a good of a read!
Date published: 2017-08-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wonderful So thought-provoking. This book is beautifully-written and explores a lot of relevant current issues surrounding racism, privilege, consent, and family.
Date published: 2017-07-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sad story, but brings up lots of issues relevant in today's society I enjoyed this book so much more than Umrigar's other book called The Story Hour. I really felt for Anton (the main character) and his biological mother. I felt that the ending was a bit abrupt and disjointed from the rest of the story, but I love how Umrigar writes about race, blood vs water (family), and love, and forgiveness.
Date published: 2017-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible Great read, it made you question the status quo and rethink nature vs. nurture.
Date published: 2017-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Why is this not a NYT Best Seller yet? Loved the story to bits! Very thought-provoking and compelling.
Date published: 2017-07-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Asks tough questions I just finished reading this book over the weekend. This book is a pleasure to read and delves into the concepts of right and wrong, race, class and family secrets. It's a people pleaser and I think most people would genuinely enjoy it.
Date published: 2017-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! I bought this book a few weeks ago and was finished it within 2 days! Beautifully written
Date published: 2017-07-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Meh Overall, the story was insanely predicable (I saw the "twist" coming from a million miles away). It started out great and then lost its pace quickly. I stopped caring about any other character other than the main character; even then, near the end, I stopped caring about him as well. Also, this was one of the most unsatisfying endings I've read in a long time, and that's coming from someone who *hates* happy-cheesy-smiley endings with a passion. It ended on a flat note.
Date published: 2017-07-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from loved this book such a great novel; you must get this!
Date published: 2017-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! One of the best books I've read this year!
Date published: 2017-07-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Enjoyed every moment reading this story
Date published: 2017-06-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Everybody's Son This novel is a winner. It hooked me from beginning to end.
Date published: 2017-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It! I read this book over a span of two days and had trouble putting it down. Such a great read!
Date published: 2017-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heather's Pick This book will keep you totally riveted from the very first page and is my favourite piece of fiction so far this year. Everybody’s Son sets up a compelling conflict when a drug-addicted single mother temporarily loses custody of her son. The child is taken into foster care by a well-educated, loving couple, who, having recently lost their own young son, get so attached to the child they look for a way to keep him well past the three months originally anticipated. There’s so much humanity in this story. I was hooked after the first page and literally could not put it down. Don’t miss this one!
Date published: 2017-06-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amaizing I was left in awe of this book, a simple yet beautiful story
Date published: 2017-06-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting read... It tells an interesting story but it takes more than half of the novel to get into the actual dilemma...
Date published: 2017-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Inspirational Great book, definitely worth a read!
Date published: 2017-06-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing An inspirational story that moves you.
Date published: 2017-05-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from sexy to boot great stuff mind boggling.
Date published: 2017-05-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inspiring Love the characters, the story line. Great mystery, right to the end. Love that it's "local" too, feels like you could drive up any given weekend (wish we could!)
Date published: 2017-05-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really good I was truly impressed with this book
Date published: 2017-05-02

Editorial Reviews

“…[A] powerful exploration of the crucible of privilege and the raw, hard consequence of broken trust…[A] taut, exquisitely moving love story about desire... forgiveness, and the transcendent bond between a parent and child. Umrigar is a gifted storyteller, and her fiction has a revelatory force on the page.”