Eric, a Nordic Adonis, is graced by a seemingly endless supply of good fortune, he is charming, a star athlete, and a magnet for anyone in his sphere. Yet in spite of these differences, Eric and Tommy are as close as two humans can be.
After tragedy rips their makeshift family apart, the lives of these boys split. In a powerful story of modern-day resilience and redemption, Tommy and Eric forge their separate ways in the world, each confronting the challenges of his sphere. For Tommy this means dropping out of school, selling drugs, living on the streets, and somehow creating a family of his own. Motherless, African-American, and impoverished, Tommy has nothing but feels lucky every day of his life. For Eric, the golden youth, life means athletics, sexual attraction, excellent grades, prosperity, and the uncertainty that comes with prizes won too easily. Given everything, he trusts nothing.
Eric and Tommy's parallel lives are an astonishing story of self-determination and the true measure of fortune. The ties that bind this Adonis and his sickly counterpart, however, are thicker than blood, and when circumstances reunite Eric and Tommy after years apart, their distinct approaches to life may be the only thing that can save them from forces that threaten to destroy them for good.
©2006 Walter Mosley; (P)2006 Time Warner AudioBooks
"Mosley shows how a certain kind of inarticulate, carnal, involuntary affection transcends just about anything. It's not love, it's fate, and it's breathtaking." (Publishers Weekly)
For me, a great narrator makes the experience of listening to a story more enjoyable. The narrator did an amazing job and the author does an awesome job with character development and plot. I've listened to this on cd in my car, but had to buy it so I could listen again!
This story had the makings of quite a good work of fiction, importantly delineating the dichotomies in white and black Los Angeles. However, the characters became caricatures. It was difficult for me to tell if the author really meant for this to be a parable illuminating the polarities of society or if he wanted us to take these characters at face value. The entire retinue of characters were just too two dimensional to be real and the circumstances of the story line were just too contrived to be effective in the intent of demonstrating what true strength is in the face of socoietal prejudice.
Great story but extremely sad. Don't understand if Thomas died at the end or if he lived. Confused on if the last page was him letting go of did he die!?!?!?
Wow, not the ending I was expecting. I know every story can't have a happy ending but my goodness! I was hoping for a glance of happiness. It was a fast read but if you're going through a hard or difficult patch in your life, AVOID this book for now. I'm a Walter Mosley fan. I enjoy the small details of his writing but this one has a dark & unhappy spirit.
This book discuses the challenges of privilege and and fortitude.
At times it is difficult to read/listen to the challenges faced by a child without human protection, but the author lets shine through the power of a higher protection for the protagonist. The lesson for the reader is how to be gracious under fire.
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