Before I Forget by Leonard Pitts Jr.

Before I Forget
by Leonard Pitts Jr.

Agate Bolden, Available 03/20/09

This powerful novel of three generations of black men bound by blood — and by histories of mutual love, fear, and frustration — gives author Leonard Pitts the opportunity to explore the painful truths of black men’s lives, especially as they play out in the fraught relations of fathers and sons.

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.

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. Pitts knows inside and out the difficulties facing black men as they grapple with the complexities of their roles as fathers.

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  1. The Detroit Free Press
    Feb. 23, 2010
    Literacy effort is gaining momentum

    The Detroit Public Library… has begun Detroit Reads, a One Book, One Community program. It is encouraging hundreds of readers to form book clubs and is offering Book-Club-in-a-Bag kits that include all the items necessary to have a successful monthly book club. And book clubbers don’t have to go to one another’s homes. The library has been hosting them at its 24 branches.

    To entice readers to join the movement, the library chose well. The effort’s initial book is “Before I Forget,” the first novel from Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper columnist Leonard Pitts. The book is about relationships between several African-American fathers and their sons.

    “Our hope is for everyone to not just read the book, but to have conversations about the book,” said the library’s deputy director, Juliet Machie. “We have quite a few male book clubs that are meeting around this book, so I’m so excited about seeing young men and fathers coming together.”

    You know Pitts. He appears in more than 100 papers around the country, including the Free Press. His incisive, courageous columns about national issues, race and politics have earned him top honors beyond the Pulitzer.

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