Let's Discuss "Grand River & Joy" by Susan Messer

Halloween morning 1966, Harry Levine arrives at his wholesale shoe warehouse to find an ethnic slur soaped on the front window.This is a work of fiction set in a world that is anything but fictional, a novel about the intersections between races, classes and religions exploding in the long, hot summers of Detroit in the 1960s.Grand River and Joyis a powerful and moving exploration of one of the most difficult chapters of Michigan history.

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  • Sam B.

    Here's the link to the blog post I wrote about our meeting last night: http://samannelizabeth.wordpress.com/2013/09/10/book-club-reflection-grand-river-and-joy/

    September 10, 2013

    • Jennifer L.

      Fantastic! Thanks for writing this Sam.

      September 11, 2013

  • Ann

    I'm not vouching for the authenticity of this website, but it claims to show Marvin Gaye's house on Appoline--
    http://www.city-data.com/forum/detroit/601296-detroit-old-city-superstars-homes-actually.html

    2 · September 9, 2013

  • Domino

    I haven't read the book. I was looking forward to meeting everyone but will gladly give up my spot to those on the waiting list who might've actually read the book.
    What say you on the waiting list ?

    September 8, 2013

    • Jennifer L.

      Domino, feel free to attend even if you didn't read the book. Love to meet new people.

      September 8, 2013

    • Domino

      Thank you. I might be a little late if I end up going to Zumba. All depends on how late I am from work. Excited to be seeing everyone again

      September 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is there a list of discussion questions for tomorrow? Just curious. It was a VERY intense book. I anticipate a fantastic dialogue about it!

    September 8, 2013

    • Jennifer L.

      LOL - I'm working on that today and tomorrow Chris! I agree - a lot to discuss with this book. I look forward to seeing everyone tomorrow at Page's.

      September 8, 2013

  • Laurie S.

    haha I would be really cute if I did. Yes I will bring the book and I know where you mean.

    August 17, 2013

  • Laurie S.

    How will I know your group when I get there. I know Page's well. Do you have a certain spot that you meet?

    August 17, 2013

    • Jennifer L.

      I try to put together a long table by the windows on the left side. Hopefully we'll be there. If you're carrying the book we'll keep an eye out for you. Thought I'm guessing you don't look like your picture...lol.

      August 17, 2013

  • Laurel

    Unfortunately I will not able to attend this book club meeting, due to prior plans. I look forward to coming to the next meeting, however.

    August 15, 2013

    • Jennifer L.

      Hope to see you next time Laurel.

      August 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I've been looking for a book club and I've been wanting to read this book! Clearly it's serendipity.

    August 17, 2013

    • Jennifer L.

      :) Look forward to meeting you Gayla.

      1 · August 17, 2013

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