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Publisher's Summary

Named in USA Today's "5 books not to miss", and New York Post's "The best new books to read"

From New York Times best-selling author Eric Jerome Dickey - named one of USA Today’s 100 Black Novelists and Fiction Authors You Should Read - comes his final work: an unflinchingly timely novel about history, hearts, and family.

It’s the summer of 2019, and Professor Pi Suleman is a Black man from Memphis with a lot to endure - not only as a Black man in Trump’s America but in his hard-earned career as an adjunct professor. Pi is constantly forced to bite his tongue in the face of one of his tenured colleague’s prejudices and microaggressions. At the same time, he’s being blackmailed by a powerful professor who threatens to claim he has assaulted her, when in fact the truth is just the opposite, trapping him in a he-said-she-said with a white woman that, in this society, Pi knows he will never win.

When he meets Gemma Buckingham, a sophisticated entrepreneur who has just moved to Memphis from London to escape a deep heartbreak, things begin to look up. Though Gemma and Pi hail from separate cultures, their differences fuel a fiery and passionate connection that just may consume them both.

But Pi’s whirlwind romance is interrupted when his absentee father, a celebrated writer, passes away and Pi is called to Los Angeles to both collect his inheritance and learn about the man who never acknowledged him. With the complicated legacy of his famous father to make sense of, Gemma’s visa expiration date looming, and the threats of his colleague becoming increasingly intense, Pi must figure out who he is and what kind of man he will become in his father’s shadow.

In The Son of Mr. Suleman, Eric Jerome Dickey takes readers on a powerful journey exploring racism, colorism, life as a mixed-race person, sexual assault, microaggressions, truth and lies, cultural differences, politics, family legacies, perceptions, the impact of enslavement and Jim Crow, code-switching, the power of death, and the weight of love. It is an extraordinary story, page-turning and intense, and a book only Dickey could write.

©2020 Eric Jerome Dickey (P)2020 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

“This book is a powerhouse. It is impossible not to become fully absorbed in every scene, the vibrant, dynamic characters drawing you in again and again.... All in all, the world through Pi Suleman’s eyes is dark, complex, and endlessly compelling.” (Associated Press)

“For 25 years, Eric Jerome Dickey’s best sellers have made Black women feel seen and, more importantly, understood.... The Son of Mr. Suleman is full of his trademark humor and vibrantly rendered characters.... With this page-turner, Dickey once again lives up to his motto: 'Writers do'." (Essence)  

"Eric Jerome Dickey is the king of writing Black joy. His characters evoke a sense of esteem for self, showing how they might be if white folks just left them alone. If we could just be our happy, sensual, ambitious, free selves we would be modeling one of his characters. However, this book takes on grief, racism, and microaggressions in a big way, too; it's the first of his works to do so with such detailed intention." (W Magazine, Delores Williams) 

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He Went Home

In his final literary offering to the world Eric Jerome Dickey went home. Memphis, race, Greek life, relationships, authors. It’s almost as if he knew this was his last book and he wanted to come full circle. I felt the energy of the characters.

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The good bad and ugly of what is taken for granted. Stay mindful, stay present.

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Sweet Sensitive Mr. Suleman

Story doesnt exactly make sense. Feels like it was written by a female her ideal of the perfect man. The main character (MC) is just very content with everything. In just loves hard. Just thinks everything going to work out. I just dont think someone would be so selfless n unaffected with the world. His personality doesnt fit someone who grew up with a spicy mother n sister n having to struggle to pay for college. Who screams do the work why would he be so stupid for his safety n his family's. Stuck in a one way mindset. Which contrasts with being non masculine man when it comes to sex n conversations at times with women n coworkers. MC is a handsome green eye mommas boy. Whos being raped by a older women. Who meets a new women. EJD is definitely a word smith and very visual. All the females n witty character and are spot on. I understand this was written last year n is n still racial tension. But the MC reminds you of it every line. Mr Suleman is the smartest stupid man but very lucky.







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The narrator Dion Graham has the best audio voice ever! He brings the character to life

I’m have to say that whenever Dion Graham is the narrator of any of Eric Jerome Dickey books I refuse to put it down! He brings the characters to life makes you identify with them! SIEP EJD! Amen

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Rest In Peace Eric J. Dickey another masterpiece

Narrator was above and beyond all expectations Dion Graham. Wonderful book for all readers above 22 years of age it’s about life love and living for a lifetime. I enjoyed it immensely 🌹

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Complicated Man

Eric Jerome Dickey was a gifted wordsmith. He could tell a story like no other. I truly enjoyed this book and the complicated life of Pi, it kept my attention until the very end. The novel unfolded like a farewell to us from the author and it truly touched me. RIP EJD ❤️

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I miss his work

This book is unfortunately relevant to our times today. He has spoken and his signature black love was also. I will miss Jerome Dickeys works. SIP

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Great storytelling at it best!!

Once again the late great is back in his element as a prolific and divinely gifted author!
Honor to Narrator Deon Graham for his part in bringing these characters to life
signed Majik Man Heru

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Excellent!!!

I have a lot of Mr. Dickey’s books and this one like his others didn’t disappoint. The narrator was just as excellent. He brought the words much life. Love it !!

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AMAZING!!!!!

Loved loved loved this book!!! Kept me on the edge of my seat! Very entertaining and the Narrator did a phenomenal job! Eric J. Dickey NEVER disappoints!

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  • 02-22-22

AMAZING from beginning to end

so sad that this was Mr Dickey's last book but he left us with a bang.. amazing listen.. definitely going to listen again. loved all the characters..loved the narrative.. loved everything. thank you EJD

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  • murissa joyce
  • 09-14-21

satisfied 😌

this book captivated my mine and took to the world of Mr. Pie Suleman, it had me on the edge of my seat full of emotions. I laugh, cried, smile and felt a load of emotions with each character. this is the first book I have read by Eric Jerome Dickey and I must say I'm quite excited to unveil the others.😊😊👏👏👍👍 #mustread