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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...
Title:Everybody's Son: A NovelFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:352 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.88 inShipping dimensions:9 × 6 × 0.88 inPublished:May 2, 2017Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062697420

ISBN - 13:9780062697424


Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Compelling Story Everybody's Son is the story of Delores and David Coleman and their fostered, and later adopted, son Anton. The Colemans, a wealthy northern white couple, have been devastated by the death of their teenaged son James. Anton, the 9 year old bi-racial son of a single mother who is an addict, is being raised in a public housing project and had been left alone for days before he got out of the apartment and sought help. David Coleman is a judge and arranges for him and his wife to care for Anton. Anton thrives in his new life, eventually graduating from Harvard Law School and entering politics, serving as state Attorney General in the administration of his father, who has been elected Governor. Yet Anton remains confused about where he belongs and seeks out his birth mother, learning some secrets which cause him to question his life. This thought provoking story confronts injustice and morality. A very good read!
Date published: 2019-05-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I wanted to love this book Thrity Umrigar's stories tend to have characters with inconsistent levels of integrity - and this I find very annoying as I can't fully understand who each character is. In this story, I'm referring to David. Nevertheless, I found the first 3/4 sections of this book to be fantastic. The last section wrecked it for me.
Date published: 2019-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heartbreaking and powerful. I picked it up and finished it in one sitting. Umrigar's writing is an absolute gift, the narrative and tone was what absolutely made the punch all the more impactful - a solid punch that made my throat thick at times in rage, relief, joy, etc. The ending was powerful, and it kept me on board from start until finish. Thank you for this.
Date published: 2018-08-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Compelling. Interesting novel. Starts off strong and ends poorly... I wanted more. Hits a lot of current events/social issues, thus I think with some tweaking it could be great for a high school English class!
Date published: 2018-07-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Didn't see that coming This was a heart-wrenching story of sadness and joy. I took off one star because it was somewhat cliche and predictable towards the end. However, it is a easy read but not necessarily light. My MIL also enjoyed this very much.
Date published: 2018-07-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Questions! This book could be "heavy" but it doesn't seem so. Throughout the book I had moments of self reflection and wondered what I would do in such a situation. The theme of the book is that of personal identity and what we believe to be true- so interesting for so many reasons.
Date published: 2018-07-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not what I was expecting, pleasantly surprised! I was expecting something a bit more dark and depressing so was pleasantly surprised that this was a lighter feel-good read.
Date published: 2018-06-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good, not great I thought this book had so much potential. It started off really strong, but towards the end, I found myself less interested in where the story went.
Date published: 2018-04-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great one to read on the train! This book is so interesting and definitely gives you some very introspective "what would I have done in that situation" moments. Definitely one to read on the train.
Date published: 2018-04-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good read. Capturing. Touching. I have bought this to bring along on my vacation. The development of the story was moving, capturing and I was not able to put the book down. This novel is current, relateable and sends the spotlight on the discrepancies of the privileged White and impoverished Black populutaion in the US.
Date published: 2018-02-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read! I got this book for Christmas - it had been on my "to-read" list for awhile. Once I picked it up I could not put it down!! A book that tells an important story, definitely gave me a different perspective on the concept of self-identity. I had not read any of Thrity Umrigar's books before but will definitely be looking for them next time I go to Chapters :) #plumreview
Date published: 2018-02-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting Read! I read this book in a weekend. It was very good and hard to put down. Very interesting story line and definitely not the ending I expected. :)
Date published: 2018-02-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read In all honesty I was not expecting the outcome to be that way but then again we live in a world where absolute power and elites are always in charge and they feel that they are invincible from punishment.
Date published: 2018-02-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Timely topic This book touches on how race still impacts on social standing in the US. Very thought provoking. Loved the characters and couldn't put it down as I became invested in wanteing to know how life turned out. Great book!!!
Date published: 2018-01-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Page turner Great read. A page turner. Broadens your views a bit. There are a lot of pieces throughout the story and by the end they all fit together!
Date published: 2017-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read This was one of those books where I didn't put it down. The story was interesting and made you question your own moral standings.
Date published: 2017-10-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from meh i hoped for a lot more out of this story; it was just ok.
Date published: 2017-10-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good book great read, would recommend it
Date published: 2017-10-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Worth the Read This story did pull me in from start to finish. Even though I felt the pieces were all pulled together a little too neatly for my taste, I still found the story compelling.
Date published: 2017-10-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not bad The author comes highly recommended- I preferred earlier novels though. This book makes you think.
Date published: 2017-10-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from hard to put down Well I thought this was great. Very interesting plot.
Date published: 2017-10-10
Rated 2 out of 5 by from NO im ready for the life-enlightening-and-broadening-my-perspective story
Date published: 2017-10-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good, but drags at the end I read this in a single afternoon and enjoyed it a lot. I found the ending started to drag on and on, but overall the book was enjoyable and well written.
Date published: 2017-10-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok Found it somewhat dry at times.
Date published: 2017-10-01
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 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 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 Really good I was truly impressed with this book
Date published: 2017-05-02

Editorial Reviews

“Umrigar’s novel examines complex social issues with brutal honesty, but also creates accessible characters with relatable motives, reminding us of the deep-seated racism that exists even in the places we don’t think to look.”