Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Don't Forget

Imagine a smorgasbord that coalesces into an extraordinary meal. Now imagine it as fiction about fatherhood and you might be considering Before I Forget, by Leonard Pitts Jr.

Pitts won a Pulitzer Prize for commentary in 2004 in work that made up much of Becoming Dad, his look at African American fathers. In BIF he explores the inner life and external complications of a man in the middle, a once-was-someone with a son in trouble (a baby daddy facing possible prison time) and father fading through Alzheimers. He needs to come to terms with himself and his family and the pressure of time keeps increasing.

It's about fathers and sons. It's all about men.

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