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Fortunate Son

By Walter Mosley

Fortunate Son
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  • Hardcover: Apr 2006,
    320 pages.
    Paperback: Aug 2007,
    336 pages.

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Mosley explores the true meaning of fortune in his novel about two boys, one ensconced in a life of privilege and the other in a life of hardship

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 it turned ...

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