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Say Nice Things About Detroit (2012)

by Scott Lasser(Favorite Author)
3.25 of 5 Votes: 5
0393082997 (ISBN13: 9780393082999)
W. W. Norton & Company
review 1: I’ve seen this billed as a mystery, I suppose because there is a murder, although it is part of a secondary plot and it’s not really a mystery to the reader, only to the protagonist. The book is much more a novel about “coming home”. But, as the book jacket says:: “Where do you go when home is Detroit?”My dad grew up in Windsor Ontario, across the river south of Detroit. He was a life-long Tigers and Red Wings fan, but no fan really of the city of Detroit itself, into which he took regular business trips. Myself, I spent my teen years listening to the music of Motown on clear radio signals throughout southern Ontario.Today, Detroit has a reputation of a city in decay—although, recently, one finding its feet again—and so that question of coming home to Detro... moreit intrigued me greatly. And it is as that—a novel about ‘finding place’ in a struggling city—that this book works.Read this if: you come ‘from’ somewhere that’s changed for the worse since you’ve left; or you’d like to understand a little better the fierce pride of city in Detroit. 3½ stars
review 2: Ehh. The stories and the way the plot was intertwined was interesting but I'm still not really sure how I feel about the book as a whole. I guess I expected this to be a little more non-fiction. The people in the novel are probably a pretty accurate portrayal of Detroit residents and their problems are realistic but I'm not sure what the author is getting at. What does he want us to do? What is the solution? Seems to be human relationships are the most important but the characters aren't really very good role models. I don't know what to say, its short so you can give it a try but keep your expectations low. less
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Very believable descriptions of characters and life in post industrial detroit
A story about loss and renewal for people and for place. I recommend it.
Gotta love a book set in and around Detroit.
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