Book Review: Before I Forget by Leonard Pitts Jr.

Posted on March 20, 2014

There are a lot of stereotypes that plague black America. There’s the deadbeat dad, the teenage thug, the baby mama, and so many more unflattering representations. But in his 2009 novel Before I Forget , Leonard Pitts Jr. throws those stereotypes in your face, showing that underneath the generalizations there is humanity.

The novel is centered around the family of James Moses Johnson Jr., a famous soul singer from the 70′s. He’s well off from his success. He has fans all around the world. And though his is still in his forties, he is slowly becoming the victim of early onset Alzheimer’s disease.

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