Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases.
My selection this week is:
Say Nice Things About Detroit
By Scott Lasser
Release Date July 2, 2012
A novel about second chances from a writer of "stirring, poignant and profound" work (Wally Lamb). 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 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 answers a simple question: if you want to go home again, what do you do if home is Detroit?
This novel sounds intriguing to me on so many levels. First, anything compared to The Wire is worthy of attention. Second, I am fascinated by the evolution of changing cities. Third, I find stories about individuals "returning home" really intriguing. I can't wait to read this novel!