The story is told by a radio raconteur revisiting his past in post-World War II Boston, the playground and battleground for two brothers whose lives are transformed by discoveries they never could have imagined. From the opening line of the book, “When you’re a kid, they don’t always tell you the truth,” the stage is set for this riveting coming-of-age story that plays out against the backdrop of the Korean War, the aftermath of the Holocaust, the polio epidemic, the relocation of a baseball team, and the shenanigans of politicians and businessmen. Hirshberg deftly weaves together events, characters, and clues and creates a rich tapestry of betrayal, persecution, death,loyalty, and unconditional love that resonates with today’s America.
My Mother’s Son has received impressive accolades, including:
- Gold Medal, 2018 Independent Publisher Book Awards, RegionalFiction
- Winner, 2018 National Indie Excellence Awards, Best RegionalFiction,
- Winner, two New York City Big Book Awards:Historical Fiction and Debut Fiction.
It has also received strong review coverage including a starred review in both Booklist and Library Journal and: