Fortunate Son (novel)

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Fortunate Son
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Book Cover for Fortunate Son
Author Walter Mosley
Original title Fortunate Son
Country United States
Language English
Genre Novel
Publisher Little, Brown and Company
Published in English
2006
Media type Print (Paperback)
Pages 313 pp
ISBN 978-0-316-11471-4
OCLC 61362754
813/.54 22
LC Class PS3563.O88456 F67 2006

Fortunate Son (2006) is a novel by Walter Mosley.

Plot summary[edit]

After her husband, Elton Trueblood, abandons her after she refuses an abortion, Branwyn Beerman gives birth to her child, whom she later names Thomas. Thomas is born with a hole in his lung, and is given a dire prognosis by the hospital's head paediatrician. While Thomas is in the hospital, she falls in love with a white heart surgeon, Dr. Minas Nolan, whose wife had died due to complications giving birth to an abnormally large and strong "Nordic Adonis" named Eric. Branwyn takes Thomas home in defiance of the hospital, but Thomas survives, living with Eric under one roof, and, while different in every respect, they build a strong friendship as children. They are both cared for by a Vietnamese nanny, Ahn. Their pleasant state of affairs takes a turn for the worse after Elton returns. Branwyn perishes soon after, leaving Thomas in Elton's hands due to her unmarried status. While Thomas is forced to eke out an existence in the slums, dealing drugs and being sent to jail, Eric goes to college and has no trouble attracting women. However, Eric is also faced with problems as he confronts the consequences of his actions. After years apart, they later reunite and solve their problems together.

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