April 13, 2021

The Son of Mr. Suleman

"For being gifted with melanin." ~ 2%

Professor Pi Suleman is a BMFM (Black man from Memphis). Adjunct by day, struggling comic book writer by night. Pi is forced to bite his tongue among colleagues' micro aggressions while being blackmailed by a powerful white professor. His bright spot is meeting Gemma Buckingham, an entrepreneur from London escaping heartbreak. But the romance is interrupted when Pi's absentee father passes away. He was a celebrated writer with a complicated legacy. 

"For some this novel may feel different." ~ 100%

The Son of Mr. Suleman is not Dickey's best. Perhaps because my mind was focused on losing one of my favorite authors and this is the last new material I will read of his. But the dialogue was too choppy making the story not as interesting. Which is unfortunate since many themes are explored: colorism, cultural differences, self-love and code-switching. However, I can do without the Suleman character. This final novel is not one of EJD's finer novels.

Regardless, he is already missed. I can only hope that he felt appreciated while traveling the coordinates of Earth. Happy (Last) Early Pub Day to the late great Eric Jerome Dickey! The Son of Mr. Suleman will be available Tuesday, April 20.

Disclaimer: An advance copy was received directly from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Opinions are my own and would be the same if I spent my hard-earned coins.

Title: The Son of Mr. Suleman
Author: Eric Jerome Dickey
Published: April 2021
Pages: 560
Edition: Galley
Rating: 🖤 🖤 🖤

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