Two Michigan towns, St. Joseph and Benton Harbor, separated by the St. Joseph River, are geographically close, yet worlds apart: St. Joseph is a 95% white, prosperous lakeshore community, while Benton Harbor is impoverished and 92% black.
When the body of a black teenaged boy from Benton Harbor is found in the river, unhealed wounds and suspicions between the 2 towns' populations surface as well. The investigation into Eric McGinnis' death inevitably becomes a screen onto which each community projects its resentments and fears.
Beautifully written and painstakingly reported, The Other Side of the River sensitively portrays the lives and hopes of the town's citizens as they wrestle with this mystery and others - and reveals the attitudes and misperceptions that undermine race relations throughout America.
©1998 Alex Kotlowitz; (P)1998 Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, Bantam Doubleday Dell, A Division of Random House, Inc.
"A riveting portrait of a racially troubled America in the 1990's." (Publishers Weekly)
"A vivid American microcosm, a telling tableau of the way we are." (The New York Times)
I like to read VERY much .. I'm obsessed with reading I don't have time to actually read a book so I've been a listener for three years now
Well I read this book for an ethical issues class and I have to say that it wasn't really that interesting. I know its discussing a serious issue in America which is racial inequality and maybe I don't get a real sense of this issue because I'm alien from it because I wasn't really drawn to it. I have to admit that the writer tried his best to make it seem like a detective story by getting random hints and clues in there but there was no serious scene that made me sincerely interested, like there was no quote that was, at least for me, unique for this book. Also, the ending was disappointing for me and I'm pretty sure even people who get in to this book will hate it as well.
Overall, this book wasn't that good for a normal read and was kinda generic but I guess a person might like it if they were getting into the racial inequality issue.
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