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Return to Book Page. 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.

Say Nice Things About Detroit by Scott Lasser

As compelling an urban portrait as The Wire and a touching Im wanting a nice time here in Detroit story, Say Nice Things About Detroit takes place in a racially polarized, economically collapsing city that doesn't seem like a place for rebirth. Hardcoverpages.

Published July 2nd by W. Norton Company first published January 1st To see what your friends thought of this Im wanting a nice time here in Detroit, please sign up. Lists with This Book. Feb 20, Tony rated it it Im wanting a nice time here in Detroit ok Shelves: I'm usually pretty generous when it comes to fiction that's explicitly trying evoke a city, especially if that city isn't New York.

Unfortunately, this sappy love letter to Detroit just goes way too far in trying to resuscitate the city, and along the way invokes race in a way that is highly suspect. The plot revolves around David a something lawyer who grew up outside Detroit, but has been living in Denver for the last twenty years or so. His mother's sliding into dementia, and his father as I'm usually pretty generous when it comes to fiction that's explicitly trying evoke a city, especially if that city isn't New York.

His mother's sliding into dementia, and his father asks him to come home for a visit. When doing so, he learns of the recent Free online chat Spearfish naughty of his tkme girlfriend and her half-brother and meets up with her younger sister.

It doesn't take much prodding for him to ditch Colorado to try and make a fresh start in Detroit, especially since he's fleeing his own demons, which include the death of his son and the subsequent end of his marriage. Quick as a blink, he's trading his Audi in for an American-made car, buying a historic house in a black neighborhood, wooing his former girlfriend's sister, and helping out the wayward nephew of the dead half-brother.

I'm not quite sure I've come across a redemption Inverell adult nude that's trying to hit so many different targets at the same time, and the effect is cloying and false. Make no mistake, David is not redeeming himself so much as rescuing others in blatant ways.

He's rescuing his father from loneliness, the sister from a dead marriage, the nephew from his poor past choices and the thugs after Im wanting a nice time here in Detroitthe dead half-brother's mother from her unsalable house, and on and on. It all starts to feel like the David fantasy hour, I, nowhere is it more of a fantasy than the depiction of gentrification Sex contacts Lowell Massachusetts or to be precise, a white fantasy.

Over and over, his choice to buy a home in a black neighborhood is questioned by everyone he meets, allowing yere to occupy the virtuous colorblind moral high ground. The house even comes with a built in nive neighbor - a retired judge picture a Field of Dreams era James Earl Jones who accepts him and invites him over for dinner, goes to a Tigers game with him, etc.

After I finished it, I checked out some of the media reviews and was shocked at how much praise it's gotten. Don't get me wrong, it's nicely paced and moves right along, and there's plenty of nice Detroit-specific detail, but the whole thing has the feel wanying a middle-age white divorcee's Hallmark movie. If you want an undemanding romantic story, hre is a nice short one, but if you want the great Detroit fictional experience, stick with Middlesex or Elmore Leonard's Detroit-set crime capers.

Aug 07, Caryn rated it it was amazing Shelves: As an auto-industry and Detroit refugee who now lives in Denver, this book was an absolute must-read.

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I have a friend whose annual gift to me is a trip to someplace in Detroit -- Belle Isle, Greektown, a Tiger Game, or even just an coney island hot dog from Lafayette Street. I friend loves Detroit, and always helps me see the beauty in this old and ravaged city.

And even though, I won't be migrating back any time soon, it was gratifying to see the city again through fresh eyes. Lasser has done As an auto-industry and Detroit refugee who Deyroit lives in Denver, this book was an absolute must-read.

Lasser has done a wonderful job bringing the complexity of the City to a place that is hopeful. He doesn't gloss over or deny the difficulties economic armagedon, racial divides -- but his characters are not defeated by them either.

After reading this book, it's easier to refer Adult fun time Kansas City Detroit as 'home' -- something I've fought against for years. Jun 07, Betsy rated it it was ok Recommends it for: White upper-middle class guy returns to Detroit - the "real" Detroit below 8 mile road, not the suburban Detroit to the north where he grew up - and has adventures, good and bad, with black nuce. That's the gist of this novel by someone who went to my suburban Detroit prep school - and I don't fault Housewives want hot sex Piney View for trying or for implying, if not outright saying, that there are nice things about Detroit.

But the writing was a bit blunt and the novel plot-heavy, jerking from one character to the next, o White upper-middle class guy returns to Detroit - the "real" Detroit below 8 mile road, not the suburban Detroit to the north where he grew up - and has adventures, good and bad, with black people.

But the writing was a bit blunt and the novel plot-heavy, jerking from one character to the next, one era to the next. Still, I had fun - as expected - reading about places I could clearly envision from my lost youth, such as Lone Pine Road in Bloomfield Hills, the Varsity Shop in Birmingham, and Palmer Hills where Nive used to go twice a week to get Looking for sex Shakopee shots at my pediatrician's office nearby.

There was even a mention of getting some Tigers tickets from Im wanting a nice time here in Detroit of the owner Mike Illitch's kids - maybe it was the kid I sang in a Madrigal choir Im wanting a nice time here in Detroit in,um, Jan 15, Stephanie W rated it really liked it Shelves: Lasser certainly knows his setting, and I loved the idea of these characters returning home after tragedy befalls them in more aanting locales Denver, Los Angeles.

Lasser also shines light on the ongoing racial tension in the city; there is a black Detroit and a white suburban Detroit, and the two worlds rarely intersect. What gives weight and momentum to the novel are Lasser's Wife want sex Dix Hills as they tread this boundary, with varying Im wanting a nice time here in Detroit.

One character, Dirk, walks this tightrope his whole life: Hot sluts Huddleston Virginia him, having a dual identity is more than just part of the job. While I enjoyed the book, the prose sometimes fell flat, and the "in" references to Detroit, as well as some of the dialogue, felt too heavy-handed.

Places and landmarks are named frequently, lest we forget where this book takes place: When David, one of the main characters, invites his neighbor to a game ehre Tiger Stadium, he's reminded Im wanting a nice time here in Detroit it's ib Park" now.

It's a reminder the reader doesn't need, as a few chapters earlier, David helps a young man open an account at Comerica, "the bank that had naming rights to the new ballpark. Then there's a moment at the end of the book, once David white has been living in a predominantly black neighborhood for a few months when he's questioned for the umpteenth time what he's doing living there. His black neighbor, the one who accompanied him to the Tigers' game, steps in, saying, "He belongs here.

Still, I'd recommend the book, to native Detroiters and to those curious about this much-maligned city. Detroit does need more people saying nice things, and I'm glad Lasser is one of them.

In the interest of social commentary, I found it telling that while Lasser's characters manage to find Platonic w romantic Warsaw Kentucky milfs homes in Detroit, he still lives out West.

This is not a critique--I myself have made my home far away from the Hefe City--but it makes me wonder if finding happiness in Detroit is still the stuff of fiction. Jul 15, Erin rated it did not like it. I had to put this book down and walk away.

Im wanting a nice time here in Detroit I had high hopes for this book, njce a Detroit area resident I won't lie, I don't live within the city, but south of it. Growing nicce, Detroit is the big city, the city my parent's used to go to, the one I started exploring when I got old Dettroit to drive myself there, where I frequent now. It is the city my grandfather used to drive my four year old brother around, showing him the sights, especially Belle Isle.

My husband is from the Im wanting a nice time here in Detroit city, and Un had to put this book down and walk away. My husband is from the actual city, and his family still lives there, and I visit them as well, and know some of the neighborhoods. A few of my friends are also real Detroit residents, as is my stepsister. I grew Wives want sex IL Stillman valley 61084 with the horror stories about Detroit and the good stories too.

So I had expectations of this book, because of the title. However, the book was so downtrodden, depressing, nothing good could happen. Nothing good was happening.

Im wanting a nice time here in Detroit

The title itself seems to come from a tshirt someone in the book was wearing - a guy holding a gun to the head of a puppy, and the writing was "Say Nice Things About Detroit", the implication being if you didn't he would kill the puppy. I just felt it perpetuated the beliefs about Detroit, focused only on wanhing bad. The violence and despair.

I was really hoping for a fresh take on the city, and I didn't get it. Since I didn't finish, maybe the book ended with a positive spin on Detroit. But from what I read, it's just another slam on the city. I don't believe Detroit is all bad, but like all cities, it has its ups and downs.

Maybe I will give it another shot in the future, but as it stands now, I don't need to. I Housewives wants hot sex Boelus be a jerk, expecting roses at the start, but I think I needed it to continue.

If there ever is anything good anyway, that is. Sep 08, Rick rated it it was ok. Scott Lasser's novel is a quick and easy read perfect for an interminable flight from Newark to Charlotte. Coincidences I think not. Im wanting a nice time here in Detroit writes better about Detroit then he does about people. With malevolent violent drug dealing murderers butting heads with a woman who leaves her boring husband and drags her teeenage son from sunny California to snowy Detroit you better hope so.

There is some clever writing but i would suggest you reach for Elmore Leonard or Daniel Woodrell see my next review first. Apr 02, Mrtruscott rated it liked it. The Detroit setting attracted me to this book, which is about a man who swims against the tide and returns to his hometown father asks, mother has dementia. I liked this book, despite some shortcomings. I give this fairly forgettable novel faint praise.

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