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Everybody's Son - A Novel

Thrity Umrigar

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.

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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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.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Josh Bloomberg

Length:

10h 38m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:15


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

05:22


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

23:22


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

11:33


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

12:18


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

13:21


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

22:28


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

15:17


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

12:50


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

17:00


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

13:21


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

18:48


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

26:37


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

15:33


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

06:51


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

13:55


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

05:25


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

02:29


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

16:44


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

07:21


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

23:36


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:57


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

11:28


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

11:19


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

03:46


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

22:04


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

23:31


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

10:20


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

10:55


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

14:44


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

09:50


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

13:46


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

06:14


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

11:55


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

28:16


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

13:22


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

19:43


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

10:43


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

29:51


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

36:40


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

07:29


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

52:03


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

00:31