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Say Nice Things About Detroit: A Novel

Say Nice Things About Detroit: A Novel

by Scott Lasser

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Overview

“Ambitious and ultimately accomplished . . . a perfect encapsulation of Detroit’s present moment.”—Dean Bakopoulos, San Francisco Chronicle

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?


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393345537
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 07/22/2013
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Scott Lasser, a native of Detroit, has worked for the National Steel Corporation and Lehman Brothers. He is the author of three novels and currently lives in Aspen, Colorado, and Los Angeles, California.

What People are Saying About This

Thomas McGuane

Scott Lasser has written a moving story of people whose lives are stalled until they face events and places they’d rather avoid. His book suggests that for people and cities, life’s greatest rewards are only achieved through struggle. A moving tribute to second chances and the august, desolate, melancholy city of Detroit.

Elmore Leonard

You’ll love Scott Lasser’s style. His book spans a few years but keeps moving with dialogue that’s natural and alive: whites and blacks in Detroit, a setting you come to know and can feel what it’s about. I know; I’ve been here most of my life.

Colum McCann

This is a sharp, clear portrait of who we are now. Scott Lasser continues to shape a very distinct literary map.

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