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A Father's Law

By Richard Wright

A Father's Law

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Paperback original. Never before published, the final work of one of America's greatest writers.

A Father's Law is the novel Richard Wright, acclaimed author of Black Boy and Native Son, never completed. Written during a six-week period near the end of his life, it appears in print for the first time, an important addition to this American master's body of work, submitted by his daughter and literary executor, Julia, who writes:

It comes from his guts and ends at the hero's "breaking point." It explores many themes favored by my father like guilt and innocence, the difficult relationship between the generations, the difficulty of being a black policeman and father, the difficulty of being both those things and suspecting that your own son is the murderer. It intertwines astonishingly modern themes for a novel written in 1960.

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Richard Wright Author Biography

Richard Wright is the author of ten acclaimed novels, including The Age of Longing, Clara Callan, and Adultery. He’s been awarded the Governor General's Literary Award, the Trillium Award and the Giller Prize, and been nominated for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. He lives in St. Catharines, Ontario.

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