To most of the country, Detroit is characterized more by the people who left than by those who stayed. Detroiters like to joke that everyone returns eventually, but over the past fifty years, the city's population has lost more than a million people, leaving it at a third of what it was at its peak at the end of the 1950s. Detroit is in a constant state of physical flux: At any point, that house on the corner might become a victim of the arson that is as ubiquitous in the city as Ford sedans and GM trucks. A local who returns after spending even a few months away is left feeling like a foreigner, if they come back at all. The continued segregation of the city, and its tense racial politics, are evident in the ongoing "white flight" of the middle class.
But Scott Lasser's fourth novel, Say Nice Things About Detroit
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