Thrity Umrigar – Everybody’s Son
Thrity Umrigar’s Everybody’s Son is an emotional novel of two families, one white, one black. During the heat wave of 1991, 10-year-old Anton is locked in a flat, while his mother Junita is discovered, unconcious and half-naked following a sexual assault from her drug dealer. While his mother goes to jail, Anton is placed in child services and then adopted by a privileged white US senator who uses his powers and influences. Anton learns the truth about his life and this man of the law must come to terms with the complexities of the crimes committed by the people he loves the most. Everybody’s Son is an uncomfortable but necessary exploration of race, class, privilege, and power from the critically acclaimed author of The Space Between Us and The World We Found.