Say Nice Things About Detroit by Scott Lasser
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In “Say Nice Things About Detroit,” Mr. Lasser may have been striving to compose an anthem, but has nevertheless wound up with an epitaph.
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“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?
 

About Scott Lasser

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Scott Lasser, a native of Detroit, has worked for the National Steel Corporation and Lehman Brothers. He is the author of three novels, including Battle Creek, and currently lives in Aspen, Colorado, and Los Angeles, California.
 
Published July 2, 2012 by W. W. Norton & Company. 271 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction
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Reviewed by Adam Langer on Aug 28 2012

In “Say Nice Things About Detroit,” Mr. Lasser may have been striving to compose an anthem, but has nevertheless wound up with an epitaph.

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