First published in 1955 when she was 30 years old, this debut book quickly established Miss O’Connor as a force to be reckoned with and a true virtuoso of the short story. Perhaps it was her Catholic faith. Or the influence of her native Savannah, Georgia. Or maybe this was one seriously astute, keen observer of human nature with something to say.
This is a story of two Wes Moores, born within the same year in the same neighborhood of Baltimore. Both grew up without a father and had rough childhoods, growing up in tough neighborhoods and having run-ins with the police.
Jacob has never been normal. An heir to a small-time pharmacy fortune, the teen has never fit in and his only friends include a high school rebel and his doting grandfather who is known for tall tales. While Jacob views the fantastical stories of his grandfather's youth with a skeptical eye, he has always shared a close bond with the WWII veteran.
Henrietta Lacks should have been proud of her contributions to modern medicine. Her human cells were the first to be grown in culture, and were instrumental in helping to develop the polio vaccine, for cancer research, the research of various viruses, and to better understand the effects of the atomic bomb on humans.