Ann Arbor Weather:
Saturday October 21, 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:

Crime Map
A clickable, zoomable map
Be Nice!
From Massachusetts, Sara Hathaway keeps a lid on the Ann Arbor Townies ONLY Facebook page.
Eve Silberman
Restaurants with Catering Available
A clickable zoomable map
Body, Mind, & Spirit
Trace Bundy
The Acoustic Ninja
James M. Manheim
Smoked Out
Saline BBQ closed for good
Billie Ochberg
Beethoven for Refugees
"Ode to Joy" at Hill
Davi Napoleon
Rhyta Musik
Balkan traditionalist
Patrick Dunn
Nightspots: Guy Hollerin's
Restaurants with Diapering Facilities
A clickable zoomable map
Arbor Hospice
Senior Living Communties 734-677-0071
A visitor's guide to Ann Arbor