Books 'n' Bites - “Everybody’s son” by Thrity Umrigar
February 13, 2019 –
Join us! this month for a fun and lively book club experience featuring "Everybody's Son" by bestselling, critically acclaimed author, Thrity Umrigar. Some of her previous works include "Bombay Time," "The World We Found," and "The Space Between Us." In "Everybody's Son," Umrigar explores issues of race, class, privilege and power, asking us, her readers, to weigh in on some rather agonizing moral questions.
The novel follows two families—one black, one white. A sweltering heat wave in 1991 leaves young Anton to think beyond his year, escaping his apartment in the projects after surviving several days without air conditioning or parental supervision. When police find him, he is covered in blood. His mother, Juanita, on the other hand, is found in the home of a drug dealer. Anton is ultimately taken into child services, while his mother is taken into custody.
On the flip-side, the story follows the Harvard-educated son of a US senator, Judge David Coleman. As the progeny of white privilege, David uses his power and connections to keep his new foster son, Anton. Following in his adoptive family's footsteps, eventually rising to power himself, Anton discovers the truth about his life and will have to come to terms with the moral complexities of the actions committed by those around him.