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‘Before I Forget’ looks at parental complexities

OW Staff Writer | 10/7/2016, midnight
The Palmdale Library African American Book Club will meet Oct. 18 to discuss “Before I Forget” a novel by Leonard ...

The Palmdale Library African American Book Club will meet Oct. 18 to discuss “Before I Forget” a novel by Leonard Pitts Jr. The session will begin at 6:45 p.m.

The book follows the character Mo, the 50-year-old father to Trey who becomes increasingly disillusioned with society as a young, unwed father. Mo begins to realize that the burden of grief and anger he carries over his own estranged father has practically everything to do with the distant relationship he has with his son, Trey. As part “road novel” and part social critique, the book is composed in compulsively readable prose by one of America’s new voices in fiction. Pitts knows the “inside-and-out” of the difficulties facing many Black men as they grapple with the complexities of their roles as fathers.

New members are always welcome to participate in the discussions which take place each third Tuesday of the month.

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