Everybody's Son by Thrity Umrigar audiobook

Everybody's Son: A Novel

By Thrity Umrigar
Read by Josh Bloomberg

HarperAudio 9780062442246
10.64 Hours Unabridged
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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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Summary

Summary

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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Narrator Josh Bloomberg provides a thought-provoking reading of this exploration of race relations, the ‘white savior’ complex, and the depth of family bonds…Bloomberg’s narration immerses the listener in the story by capturing Anton’s accent and youthful hesitancy, Anton’s mother’s Georgia accent, and the adoptive family’s cool reserve and Northeastern accent.” AudioFile
Everybody’s Son probes directly into the tender spots of race and privilege in America…Umrigar explores the moral gray zone of what parents, no matter their race, will do for love.” Celeste Ng, New York Times bestselling author
“[An] evocative tale…offers a troubling look at race and the conflicting desires of two families.” Washington Post
“Through strong characterizations and a compassionate, compelling narrative, Thrity Umrigar explores…the meaning of family.” Minneapolis Star Tribune
“Be forewarned: this novel is not a beach read…It’s a book that will leave you unsettled and haunted.” W magazine
“Jarring and beautiful, 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.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“[Anton’s] personal journey is a moving one that many fiction readers can appreciate.” Library Journal
“A potent examination of race and privilege…Everybody’s Son is uncompromising in its portrayal of what power reveals about those who wield it.” Booklist

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Author Bio: Thrity Umrigar

Author Bio: Thrity Umrigar

Thrity Umrigar is the author of several novels and the memoir First Darling of the Morning. An award-winning journalist, she has been a contributor to the Washington Post, Boston Globe, and Huffington Post, among other publications. She is the winner of the Nieman Fellowship to Harvard, the Cleveland Arts Prize, and the Seth Rosenberg Prize. She is the Armington Professor of English at Case-Western Reserve University.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Literary
Runtime: 10.64
Audience: Adult
Language: English