Fennville District Library

FDL Book Club

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In The Other Side of the River, Kotlowitz takes us 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 prosperous lakeshore community and ninety-five percent white, while Benton Harbor is impoverished and ninety-two percent black. When the body of a black teenaged 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 on which each town projects their resentments and fears.

Request a copy at the circ desk.

A discussion meeting will be held in Wednesday, September 4 @ 1:30 pm  in the Lower Level Board Room.

Email questions to: fdlbookclub@gmail.com

Fennville District Library
400 West Main Street
PO Box 1130
Fennville, MI 49408

P: 269-561-5050
F: 269-561-5251

Mon - Thurs   10am - 8 pm
Friday   10am - 5pm
Saturday   10am - 2pm
Sunday   2pm - 4pm

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