The prolific Mosley (at least 26 novels
published since 1990, not including contributions to collections
and anthologies) is back with a new stand-alone novel about two
men brought up as brothers who are separated when very young and
only rediscover their other halves in their late teens.
The tale is enjoyable but predictable to the point that it is best to read it as a sort of parable; but if that's the
case, what exactly is the moral lesson Mosley wishes to impart?
Is it that nurture is more important that nature, or perhaps
that those who have life handed to them on a plate appreciate it
less than those who have to fight for it? Or is it about
prejudice and racism? Perhaps it's about all of that and much
else. Then again, maybe Mosley just set out to write a
story of two brothers and this is how...
Beyond the Book
Walter Mosley's books have been
translated into at least twenty-one
languages. His popular mysteries
featuring Easy Rawlins and his friend
Raymond "Mouse" Alexander began with
Devil in a Blue Dress
. It was
published by W.W. Norton in 1990, and
was nominated for an Edgar. There
are now 10 books in the Easy Rawlins
series, most recently Cinnamon Kiss
(2005). Mosley has also written two
books about Socrates Fortlow and another
two about Fearless Jones, and at least
eight stand-alone novels written in a
variety of genres and prose styles.
With the City University of New York...