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The Other Side of the River: A Story of Two Towns, a Death, and America's… (1998)
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 038547721X, Paperback)The author of There Are No Children Here follows up that magnificent effort with the gripping story of a mysterious death in southwest Michigan. A black teenager surfaces in the St. Joseph River, drowned. How did he get there? The towns of Benton Harbor and St. Joseph, divided by both race and the river, grapple with the possibilities in this maddeningly difficult case. Alex Kotlowitz puts his sharp reporting skills to good work here, describing in detail everything that is known about Eric McGinnis's short life and untimely death. But the book is best at plumbing the racial psychology of these mutually suspicious communities. The Other Side of the River has that can't-put-it-down quality found in the best narrative nonfiction, and it speaks to issues affecting all of America.
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Discusses the impact on a community's race relations when a young African-American is found murdered near a river which separates two Michigan towns; one predominantly white and prosperous and the other African-American and impoverished.
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