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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Back Bay Books; 1 edition (Aug. 22 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316066281
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316066280
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 14 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 295 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,015,738 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Excellent Book Oct. 19 2006
By Jean Claude - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I absolutely loved this book! I was into it from the beginning. From Thomas' problematic birth to the end of the story. What a life Tommy and his brother lived. I felt like a fly on the wall imagining everything happening. What a tough, but inspiring life Tommy led. His trials were tremendous and yet he overcame them all. Eric's love and need for his brother was unexpected with his fortunate life. This book brought tears to my eyes. I cannot imagine the trials that Tommy experienced. What astounds me is that there are many Tommy's in "real life". I really look at homeless people differently now because of this book. I could go on, but I'll end by saying: "You owe it to yourself to read this book".
14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Who's Fortunate? Aug. 15 2006
By Marian E. - Published on
Format: Hardcover
"His heart was as disconnected as hers," expresses it all. "Fortunate Son," is a story of the disconnected. Brothers by fate, Thomas Beerman and Eric Nolan are two beings in contrast. For everything Eric is, Thomas is not. There stands Eric in all of his glory taking things in stride. While early on, Tommy's life takes a harsh turn, as he is ripped from the bosom of his loving adopted family and it seems that he is alone in a world bent on bringing about his demise.

With each page that I turned, my heart grew heavier with worry and sorrow. What was to become of Tommy? He was an innocent and life was so unfair. Was a break just beyond the next page? Faring better in the world, Eric does not realize how good he has it and through the years there is always something missing, a void, he is incomplete and reaches for Tommy, the brother from his past, only Tommy cannot be there.

Reading "Fortunate Son" is like studying the brush strokes that comprise a powerful painting. Each word is stated with purpose and takes on a message of power and deliverance. Based on his or her perception, experiences and mindset, each reader will take away something different. This is a sorrow-filled read of substance. Walking with Tommy through his trials and tribulations forces one to pause and appreciate what is within reach. We remember that each day we rise is a glorious one and with inner strength, we can overcome and make it to the next if we dare to press on.

Marian E.

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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Best by Mosley Dec 30 2006
By C. Henderson - Published on
A moving, emotional and captivating story about family. You know that saying blood is thicker than water, its not true. For a long time I've known that family is what you as an individual define it as, not who you are born to or how you are born. This story is about a family, truth, knowing who you are and that your future and how you live it is all up to you. This story about two brothers, who are not brothers, shares with us the true meaning of brotherhood and what it really means. I haven't been touched by a book in a very long as I've been moved by this, Mr. Mosley's finest piece of literature. Mr. Mosley has penned a narrative that says who ever in this life, you decide to call family, its a very good thing. Take it, keep it and be proud of it. Just read it and you'll understand.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Fortunate Son Sept. 3 2006
By P. Saunders - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I think it is one of his best yet. It took me day and a half to read. It told you how a young male child was able to make in this crazy world. You ask your self could I, have done all the things that Tommy, did and make it. Read it for your self you will have tears in your eyes.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A study of Yin/Yang; dark/light;black/white;right/left-brain;artist/activist July 24 2006
By hawthorne wood - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Mosely is an inventive, creative writer in the best sense of the word: he creates unique, new worlds in his books. Here he has made something of a fable, what feels like an other-worldly tale of two "brothers"- the dark and the light. Thomas: the intuitive one, the nearly saintly, passive one. He accepts, surrenders to life's most horrible twists of fate. Stolen,abandoned, beaten, imprisoned, raped - he cannot hold a grudge. He is "brilliant"- literally - there is a light around him. I associated him with the archetypal artist, the true artist, for whom everything - the good, the bad and the ugly - is grist for his mill. He's also something of a saint, in the tradition of Dostoevsky's Mishka - "The Idiot." Seemingly simple and guileless, everyone who is around him for any length of time is influenced by his goodness - everyone falls in love with him and never forgets him. That includes his high-octave white "brother" Eric, his exact opposite. Eric seems blessed from the start unlike Thomas, who had a hole in his heart at birth. Rich, gorgeous, a sexual dynamo, athlete - people fall at his feet; a god, "lucky." As the book progresses, however, it becomes apparent that Thomas is the lucky one, because he has a beautiful soul that allows him to understand life on a far deeper level than the "golden boy" Eric. I found the novel a bit too grim for my taste in parts, and then too magical for me in others. But still - I could not put it away - and when it was over, I missed Thomas especially. "Fortunate Son"is a great contribution to

contemporary literature.