A Black father, Jacob tries to make amends with his gay son, Issac through letters written on his deathbed. He goes through the stages of grief as though he lost something. He always reverts back to when he talked to his son about women, then seeing him under a tree with another boy kissing. He waited and waited for his son to tell his truth. Meanwhile pushing him away from him by suggesting him being with a woman and starting a family. Issac moves away, like most guys and lives the life he always wanted judgment free. All attempts of trying to level with his son fell upon deaf ears. Giving him his ancestral home, which Issac rejected. When Isaac's mother was dying, they were able to talk briefly but Jacob wasn't brave enough to just let him know that he loved and accepted him as he was. Isaac's mother pleaded for him on her death bed to reach out to their son because Issac thought his dad didn't like him. This was even up until he died. He attempted but never acted on it. The author did a great job on highlighting unspoken truths and lived experiences of Black fathers and queer sons. I just hope that my community can be as open and extend more grace to ourselves than they do others in all aspects. Love is hard, but you'll be surprised at the unexpected healing and hope that can take place if we let it take flight.#Book33of2022 #BookWorm #Whatsnext
An absolutely incredible book. Awestruck.
This was a beautiful story of word's not spoken and love lost. So many times as adults we feel as if the child should humble themselves to the adult but there are times when the adult needs to humble themselves. So much needed time was lost due to the father not wanting to accept the humility. This was a great story that should be shared with all.
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