Saturday, August 29, 2009

Fortunate Son by Walter Mosley

Fortunate Son read like a parable of American life. It is a story about two unlikely brothers. Tommy is a delicate little black boy with all sort of health problems. Eric is his polar opposite, a big blond-haired, blue-eyed boy who seems excel and nearly everything. Although they spend only a short time together before they are pulled apart, their spirits are connected. They each left an indelible imprint on each other that they carry with them, until fate causes their paths to cross again.

Mosley is fast becoming one of favorite living authors. He has done no wrong by me yet (Devil in a Blue Dress and 47). I am amazed by his ability to address powerful, difficult subjects with his simple prose, while at the same time telling a story that grabs you.

This was an excellent read. I regret not writing a review when it was still fresh in my mind.


Anonymous said...

Your review was pretty good, except that the blond, nordic character's name is Eric. Bruno was a less central character.

Carlton Farmer said...

Right you are. Thanks.