Read it before you see it: NATIVE SON

Richard Wright’s classic novel Native Son is now an HBO film premiering Sunday, April 6 at 10:00 PM, directed by Rashid Johnson and stars Ashton Sanders (Moonlight). Nick Robinson, Kiki Layne, David Alan Grier, and Sanaa Lathan also co-star.

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Native Son

By Richard Wright

ISBN 9780061148507 |Paperback

544 pages | $18.99

 

Wright’s powerful novel of a young black Chicago male and his views and conflicts with society.

 

Set in Chicago in the 1930s, Wright’s powerful novel is an unsparing reflection on the poverty and feelings of hopelessness experienced by people in inner cities across the country and of what it means to be black in America.

 

Right from the start, Bigger Thomas had been headed for jail. It could have been for assault or petty larceny; by chance, it was for murder and rape. Native Son tells the story of this young black man caught in a downward spiral after he kills a young white woman in a moment of panic.

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