In this 29th novel by bestselling author Dickey, published posthumously, Pi Suleman is a Black adjunct professor who is navigating a new love interest with a mysterious Londoner and the death of his larger-than-life father. Meanwhile, he struggles at work—forced to bite his tongue in the face of his tenured colleague's racist microaggressions while being blackmailed by a powerful white female professor who threatens to claim he has assaulted her.
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. It is by no means a light read. The story is dense, and in many ways quite disturbing, but it is this way in its unapologetic effort to confront the dark realities and harsh truths that we continue to face today ... the world through Pi Suleman’s eyes is dark, complex, and endlessly compelling.
... it’s hard to even slightly dislike a story that makes its characters tackle DWB, racism, classism, white supremacy, ill-placed power, and a dozen other societal issues between bodice-ripping erotica and page-ripping thrills ... It’s hard to let go of a book that makes you absolutely, one-hundred-percent need to know what happens next. The surprise is that Dickey does all this as he pushes readers to accept a degree of discomfort: unlike with his past novels, the sex isn’t always sexy here, and the thrills are more threatening than thrilling. 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.
In The Son of Mr. Suleman, Eric Jerome Dickey takes readers on a powerful journey exploring racism, colorism, life as a mixed-race person, sexual assault, microaggressions, truth and lies, cultural differences, politics, family legacies, perceptions, the impact of enslavement and Jim Crow, code-switching, the power of death and the weight of love. It is an extraordinary story, page-turning and intense, and a book only Dickey could write.