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The Other Side of the River: a Story of Two Towns, a Death and America's Dilemma

by Kotlowitz, Alex

  • ISBN: 9780385477208
  • ISBN10: 0385477201

The Other Side of the River: a Story of Two Towns, a Death and America's Dilemma

by Kotlowitz, Alex

  • List Price: $24.95
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Nan A. Talese
  • Publish date: 01/05/1998
  • ISBN: 9780385477208
  • ISBN10: 0385477201
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Description: From the author of the bestselling There Are No Children Here comes the story of a white town and a black town that are separated by a river -- and the mysterious death of a black youth that exposes America's still-gaping racial divide.

Alex Kotlowitz's There Are No Children Here was more than a bestseller; it was a national event. His beautifully narrated, heartbreaking nonfiction account of two black boys struggling to grow up in a Chicago public housing complex spent eight weeks on The New York Times bestseller list, was a made-for-television movie starring and produced by Oprah Winfrey, won many distinguished awards, and sparked a continuing national debate on the lives of inner-city children.

In "The Other Side of the River", his eagerly awaited new book, Kotlowitz takes readers to southern Michigan. Here, separated by the St. Joseph River, are two towns, St. Joseph and Benton Harbor. Geographically close, they are worlds apart, a living metaphor for America's racial divisions: St. Joseph is a ninety-five percent white, prosperous lakeshore community, while Benton Harbor is impoverished and ninety-two percent black. When the body of a black teenage boy from Benton Harbor is found in the river, unhealed wounds and suspicions between the two towns' populations surface as well. The investigation into the young man's death becomes, inevitably, a screen onto which each community projects its resentments and fears.

"The Other Side of the River" sensitively portrays the lives and hopes of the towns' citizens as they wrestle with this mystery -- and reveals the attitudes and misperceptions that undermine race relations throughout America. In this gripping and ultimately profoundbook, Alex Kotlowitz proves why he is one of this country's foremost writers on the ever-explosive issue of race.

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