Many of Pitts' columns deal with the crisis of fatherless children in African-American society, and the characters in the book are black. There's also humor and suspense. I loved every page of it, even the ending full of deaths. While the two accomplices are arrested, Trey, who separated from the others in fleeing the crime scene, is not. I was drawn to Mo's story. You will be nourished by this novel, and it is a meal most tasty and highly recommended. As 50-year-old Mo tries to reach out to his increasingly tuned-out son Trey who himself has become an unwed teenaged father , he realizes that the burden of grief and anger he carries over his own estranged father has everything to do with the struggles he encounters with his son.
He takes us from the present all the way back to rural 1940s Mississippi, all the while chronicling how the problems of today are rooted deeply in the past. Mo decides to make the trip to Los Angeles and he takes Trey with him. This news, as expected, spins his world out-of-control. I think its because I've read so few books that really examined what it means to be a good man and a good father. I saw myself in this mighty book, strong and weak, but mostly human.
We also felt that this should definitely be a book that all Black men should pick up, no matter their status, background, or history. At the end, it's the thing that pulls us back together when everything else has pulled us apart. The spine may show signs of wear. As 50-year-old Mo tries to reach out to his increasingly tuned-out son Trey who himself has become an unwed teenaged father , he realizes that the burden of grief and anger he carries over his own estranged father has everything to do with the struggles he encounters with his son. I personally enjoyed this book.
Mo is forty-ni I really enjoyed this novel. This book is a quiet little gem, and I can see why many have voted for it on the Lost African American Treasures book list. The story is one for every generation to read and discover new truths about themselves. The details and the way he describes people and scenes are told with such simplicity that it's like watching a movie on the big scene. Everyone gets annoyed with him when he finally does show up because it hasn't been the first time that he has forgotten simple things. The truth of so many different situations come to light.
One day he misses his route to the singing gig he has to be at. Lies are revealed, truths are learned, words are spoken, and love covers a multitude of sins. This is a wonderful debut novel and I look forward to reading Mr. Until a freak accident means that she could lose it all: every memory and experience she has ever had. His columns on the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman have garnered much attention from his peers and readers alike. Fury's brother Dog's journey was perhaps one of the most poignant and heartbreaking.
I know I won't forget it when I have to compile my 2009 Best Book List at the end of the year. The book is fabulous and unforgettable. But it is also much more. As 50-year-old Mo tries to reach out to his increasingly tuned-out son Trey who himself has become an unwed teenaged father , he realizes that the burden of grief and anger he carries over his own estranged father has everything to do with the struggles he encounters with his son. Very rarely does a book elicit a 5 star rating from me.
To view it, What to say about this book? I really enjoyed the character development and the realism exhibited in this work. And with Mo's own father, Jack, to whom he hasn't spoken for almost three decades, after the tragic, violent death of his mother. Even though they're sometimes painful, she can't stop herself looking back, reliving the love of her life. Pitts was able to show a bit of humanity in nearly every flawed character. In other words, he makes us better for having read him. First and foremost it is a story of a group of black men, young, middle aged, and senior, and their relationships with each other and their families.
It was a great reminder of why I love reading. Bookshelves is one feature of OnlineBookClub. I'm really glad that's changed. A lot of the smaller characters had a lot of things going on and kept the book interesting. And as such, he wants to set some things straight before he forgets. At its heart, Before I Forget is a love story: illuminating a love of family, life, and hope.
Flashbacks should be used sparingly. Part road novel, part character study, and part social critique, and written in compulsively readable prose, Before I Forget is the work of a major new voice in American fiction. This book is definitely worth the time. Along the way an old would is healed, but the story does not end there. It hits hard and is tremendously effective; he's very good with dialogue. The setting called for some language, but the language was really rough and I almost stopped reading it, but oddly enough the book also had somewhat of a Christian undertone to it.