Click for Ann Arbor, Michigan Forecast
Monday May 29, 2017
Follow us: facebook twitter RSS feed
Print Comment E-mail

Scott Lasser's Detroit



central focus of the book, which directs its attention to the people whose lives are changed by the crime.

Lasser's protagonist, David, returns to the city after twenty-five years away to help his father and his sick mother. A lawyer, divorced and overwhelmed by the pain of losing his only child in a car accident, he finds a city that most of his old friends have left; they now live in L.A., Orlando, Chicago, or Dallas. No sooner has he arrived, though, than he sees a news report about the murder of his high school girlfriend and her brother. While giving his sympathies to the family, he meets the old girlfriend's sister, another Detroiter living in comfort far away. Their relationship, and the way everything around them is shaped by grief and violence, is the story of the novel.

It's a good story, but Lasser has done something else, too. Detroit--its history and its famous struggles with the decline of industry, the pressures of new forms of segregation, the devastations of drugs and poverty, and the faint indications of hope--becomes a character in itself, shaping and changing the action. When someone asks David why he stays in the city, he says, "For me, this is the only real place." He continues:

Bookmark and Share
previous  ·  1 l 2 l 3  ·  next page
all on one page
read more stories here -> Marketplace  l  Culture  l  Community  l  News

You might also like:

Subscribe to the Ann Arbor Observer
Police Today, Gone Tomorrow
"Almost half the department can leave in the next five years."
James Leonard
The Fortress
I Spy: April 2017
Sally Bjork
Fitness and Health
Public Schools - Administration
The Dave Tuck Skate Jam
Defying death, for a cause
Dan Meisler
Photo: Azaleas
A Sobering Experience
My fifty-two days in the Washtenaw County Jail
John Allen*
Before Ann Arbor
The U-M in Detroit
Michael Betzold
Crime Map
A clickable, zoomable map
Arbor Hospice Palliative Care
The Brain Injury Association of Michigan
Grieve Well Kite Festival June 17th 2017