New York Times bestselling author Walter Mosleys novel about two boys, one ensconced in a life of privilege and the other in a life of hardship, explores the true meaning of fortune.
In spite of remarkable differences, Eric and Tommy are as close as brothers. Eric, a Nordic Adonis, is graced by a seemingly endless supply of good fortune. Tommy is a lame black boy, cursed with health problems, yet he remains optimistic and strong.
After tragedy rips their makeshift family apart, the lives of these boys diverge astonishingly: Eric, the golden youth, is given everything but trusts nothing; Tommy, motherless and impoverished, has nothing, but feels lucky every day of his life. In a riveting story of modern-day resilience and redemption, the two confront separate challenges, and when circumstances reunite them years later, they draw on their extraordinary natures to confront a common enemy and, ultimately, save their lives.
THOMAS BEERMAN was born with a hole in his lung.
Because of this birth defect, he spent the first six months of his life
in the intensive care unit at Helmutt-Briggs, a hospital in West Los
Angeles. The doctors told his mother, Branwyn, that most likely he would
"Newborns with this kind of disorder, removed from the physical love of their mothers, often wither," kind-eyed Dr. Mason Settler told her.
So she came to the hospital every day after work and watched over her son from six to eleven. She couldnt touch him because he was kept in a glass-enclosed, germ-free environment. But they stared into each others eyes for hours every day.
Branwyn would read to the little boy and talk to him through the night after her shift at Ethels Florist Shop.
I know you must wonder why its always me here and never your father," Branwyn said to her son one Thursday evening. Elton has a lot...
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 out!
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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.
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