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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 best-selling author Eric Jerome Dickey - named one of USA Today’s 100 Black Novelists and Fiction Authors You Should Read - comes his final work: an unflinchingly timely novel about history, hearts, and family.

It’s the summer of 2019, and Professor Pi Suleman is a Black man from Memphis with a lot to endure - not only as a Black man in Trump’s America but in his hard-earned career as an adjunct professor. Pi is constantly forced to bite his tongue in the face of one of his tenured colleague’s prejudices and microaggressions. At the same time, he’s being blackmailed by a powerful professor who threatens to claim he has assaulted her, when in fact the truth is just the opposite, trapping him 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 to look up. Though Gemma and Pi hail from separate 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 writer, passes away and Pi is called to Los Angeles to both collect his inheritance and learn about the man who 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.

In The Son of Mr. Suleman, Eric Jerome Dickey takes listeners 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, engrossing and intense, and a book only Dickey could write. 

©2020 Eric Jerome Dickey (P)2020 Random House Audio

What the critics say

“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

"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)

“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 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 best-selling author of over 25 African-American novels)

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  • MAJIK MAN HERU
  • 2021-04-23

Great storytelling at it best!!

Once again the late great is back in his element as a prolific and divinely gifted author!
Honor to Narrator Deon Graham for his part in bringing these characters to life
signed Majik Man Heru

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  • Mssalsa
  • 2021-05-02

The Unexpected

The good bad and ugly of what is taken for granted. Stay mindful, stay present.

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  • alec
  • 2021-05-02

He Went Home

In his final literary offering to the world Eric Jerome Dickey went home. Memphis, race, Greek life, relationships, authors. It’s almost as if he knew this was his last book and he wanted to come full circle. I felt the energy of the characters.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2021-05-02

Rest In Peace Eric J. Dickey another masterpiece

Narrator was above and beyond all expectations Dion Graham. Wonderful book for all readers above 22 years of age it’s about life love and living for a lifetime. I enjoyed it immensely 🌹

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  • Missbecka
  • 2021-05-01

Complicated Man

Eric Jerome Dickey was a gifted wordsmith. He could tell a story like no other. I truly enjoyed this book and the complicated life of Pi, it kept my attention until the very end. The novel unfolded like a farewell to us from the author and it truly touched me. RIP EJD ❤️

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  • Damita McCoullough
  • 2021-05-01

Excellent!!!

I have a lot of Mr. Dickey’s books and this one like his others didn’t disappoint. The narrator was just as excellent. He brought the words much life. Love it !!

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  • Sassy863
  • 2021-04-29

I miss his work

This book is unfortunately relevant to our times today. He has spoken and his signature black love was also. I will miss Jerome Dickeys works. SIP

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-04-25

Still can't believe he's gone....

I'll miss that witty dialogue in every book... I miss the original plot lines and characters who he so delicately pieced together. I miss the idea he taught me that romance is okay.... I miss his love for black men, black women ,and people in general.... I never met the man but he's had a profound impact on my life.. This is a fitting end to an omage of current times and old beliefs... he wouldn't have wrote it any other way...

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  • MiyaB
  • 2021-05-05

EJD, My first author crush!

The first novel I read as an adult, was Cheaters by Eric Jerome Dickey. My love of that novel, Sister Sister and countless others, curated an appreciation for his work. Over the years, he used his unique talent to shine a spotlight on the black experience by creating literary art filled with depth, soul, intrigue and humor. I knew that an EJD novel would not disappoint and this novel, his final novel, was no different. Do yourself a favor and purchase this book. The storyline and performance were awesome! You will not be disappointed. Rest in Power, King.

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  • Bklynrunna
  • 2021-05-04

The narrator Dion Graham has the best audio voice ever! He brings the character to life

I’m have to say that whenever Dion Graham is the narrator of any of Eric Jerome Dickey books I refuse to put it down! He brings the characters to life makes you identify with them! SIEP EJD! Amen