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New York TImes Best-selling Author

The Son of Mr. Suleman

The Son of Mr. Suleman
Genre: Thriller
Publisher: Dutton
Publication Year: April 20, 2021
Length: 432 pages
ISBN: 1524745235

Named in USA Today‘s ”5 books not to miss,” and New York Post‘s ”The best new books to read”

From New York Times bestselling author Eric Jerome Dickey, named one of USA Today’s 100 Black novelists and fiction authors you should read, comes an unflinchingly timely novel about history, hearts, and family secrets.

About the Book

Professor Pi Suleman is a Black man from Memphis and proud of it. Still, he has to endure a lot as an adjunct professor at the city's prestigious University Along the Nile, a hard-earned career that is crushing his spirit. Pi is constantly forced to bite his tongue in the face of one of his tenured colleague's prejudice and microaggressions. At the same time, he's being blackmailed by a powerful UAN professor who threatens to claim he has assaulted her; he is unable to reveal that she is actually sexually violating him, trapped in a he-said-she-said with a white woman that, in this society, Pi knows he will never win.

When he meets Gemma Buckingham, a sophisticated entrepreneur who has just moved to Memphis from London to escape a deep heartbreak, things begin looking up. Though they hail from different cultures, their differences fuel a fiery and passionate connection that just may consume them both.

But Pi's whirlwind romance is interrupted when his absentee father, a celebrated author who long ago had an extramarital affair with his mother, passes away, and Pi is called to Los Angeles to collect his inheritance, learn about his father, and face the West Coast family that has never acknowledged him. With the complicated legacy of his famous father to make sense of, Gemma's VISA expiration date looming, and the threats of his colleague becoming increasingly intense, Pi must figure out who he is and what kind of man he will become in his father's shadow.

From Memphis to L.A. and back again, Eric Jerome Dickey takes readers on a powerful and intense journey as Professor Pi Suleman deals with sexual assault and racism, fights being changed by his father's truths, and also discovers untruths Gemma Buckingham has hidden for her own reasons...

“For 25 years, Eric Jerome Dickey’s best sellers have made Black women feel seen and, more importantly, understood.… The Son of Mr. Suleman is full of his trademark humor and vibrantly rendered characters….With this page-turner, Dickey once again lives up to his motto: ‘Writers do.’”
– —Essence
“[Dickey’s] final book may be the best one yet he has written… A powerful book on the life of a black man during Trump time and how living in the south takes its toll on him and his family. It’s rich in Black culture, steamy as Eric could write hot sex scenes and real-life events that make life at times hard on black people (which should never happen to anyone). Eric Jerome Dickey once again you be missed.”
– —Mark Harris, Red Carpet Crash
“Eric saved this as one, one of his biggest novels ever, to unleash his biggest message about the present plight of Black America in the 21st Century, and he does so with nothing but the truth from the city that he knows best—Memphis Tennessee. RIP EJD. Now I’ll miss all of our years of reader comparisons and contrasts (smile).”
– Omar Tyree, New York Times bestselling author of over twenty-five African-American novels
“This novel couldn’t be more timely as America and the world continue to grapple with the effects of racism on our society.”
– —Black Girl Nerds
“Be prepared to be turned every which way with this book. Be set to let The Son of Mr. Suleman eat up your weekend. Just be ready, because missing it would be a sin.”
– —The Bookworm Sez
“Dickey’s posthumously published novel is a shining example of his skill at combining a compelling narrative voice, sharp social commentary, and poetic prose to create a complex tale featuring sensual characters with truly unique perspectives.”
– —Booklist
Eric Jerome Dickey is the king of writing Black joy. His characters evoke a sense of esteem for self, showing how they might be if white folks just left them alone. If we could just be our happy, sensual, ambitious, free selves we would be modeling one of his characters. However, this book takes on grief, racism, and microaggressions in a big way, too; it’s the first of his works to do so with such detailed intention.”
– —W Magazine, Delores Williams
“This book is a powerhouse. It is impossible not to become fully absorbed in every scene, the vibrant, dynamic characters drawing you in again and again… All in all, the world through Pi Suleman’s eyes is dark, complex, and endlessly compelling.”
– —Associated Press
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