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BOOK REVIEW: FORTUNATE SON
BY WALTER MOSLEY

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Thomas Beerman was born with a hole in his lung. The doctors told his mother, Branwyn, that he most likely would not survive. Thomas had to be kept in a glass enclosed, germ-free environment and spent the first six months of his life in the intensive care unit. His mother came to the hospital every day after her shift at Ethel's Florist Shop and spent the night talking and reading to Thomas. Branwyn explained to Thomas that his father left her for one of his girlfriends.

Dr. Minas Nolan was a heart surgeon who had a temporary office across from the intensive care unit. A week after Thomas was delivered, Dr. Nolan's wife, Joanne, delivered a son. She died of complications soon after the birth. Her son, Eric, was quite large weighing in at 12 pounds and 12 ounces.

One night Dr. Nolan offered to walk Branwyn to her car. She did not have a car but took the bus to the hospital. He then offered to drive her home. This was the beginning of their relationship. Dr. Nolan convinced Branwyn that she should come and stay at his home and take Thomas with her. She agreed.

Eric almost behaves like a "brat". When Branwyn came to live with them, his attitude changed. He liked her. Eric and Tommy became very close - just like real brothers. Then, out of nowhere, tragedy struck their family. Branwyn became ill and died. Tommy's real father decided that he now wanted the boy to live with him.

What happens to the two boys when Tommy is taken from the home?

Walter Mosley has written a very moving novel, which involves a situation that shows the difference between a person who has everything and another who has nothing. Once I started reading this book, it was very difficult to put it down. The author does an excellent job of pointing out how each of these "brothers" will end up viewing life from a different perspective. Walter Mosley has shown us over and over again that he is not just a mystery writer. With his smooth writing style, he can write any kind of book and make it a bestseller. This is one you don't want to miss reading. It is highly recommended.

REVIEWED BY NANCY EATON

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