Say Nice Things About Detroit

Say Nice Things About Detroit

Book - 2012
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Twenty-five years after his high school graduation, David Halpert returns to a place that most people flee. But David is making his own escape--from his divorce and the death of his son. In Detroit, David learns about the double shooting of his high school girlfriend Natalie and her black half-brother, Dirk. As David becomes involved with Natalie's sister, he will discover that both he and his hometown have reasons to hope.

As compelling an urban portrait as The Wire and a touching love story, Say Nice Things About Detroit takes place in a racially polarized, economically collapsing city that doesn't seem like a place for rebirth. But as David tries to make sense of the mystery behind Natalie's death and puts back the pieces of his own life, he is forced to answer a simple question: if you want to go home again, what do you do if home is Detroit?
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Co., [2012]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2012
ISBN: 9780393082999
Branch Call Number: FIC LASSER 2012
Characteristics: 267 pages ; 22 cm


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Certain that “only the demented move to Detroit,” David Halpert returns home to care for his parents and finds a resilient heart beating sure and strong beneath the apparent blight of his native city.

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Aug 20, 2017

I enjoyed reading this book in commute-sized bites. Interesting characters unfold before the reader in just the way people (and cities) with history do. Nostalgia, love interest and mystery.

May 29, 2013

I think this book had so much potential. It wasn't completely predictable, in fact, it actually became a little suspenseful near the end. This was a really easy read. Wouldn't rush to read another book by this author unless it came highly recommended.


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