You don't have to live like this: a novel
A frighteningly prescient novel of today's America--one man's story of a racially charged real estate experiment in Detroit, Michigan.
"You get in the habit of living a certain kind of life, you keep going in a certain direction, but most of the pressure on you is just momentum. As soon as you stop the momentum goes away. It's easier than people think to walk out on things, I mean things like cities, leases, relationships and jobs."
Greg Marnier, Marny to his friends, leaves a job he doesn't much like and moves to Detroit, Michigan in 2009, where an old friend has a big idea about real estate and the revitalization of a once great American city. Once there, he gets involved in a fist-fight between two of his friends, a racially charged trial, an act of vigilante justice, a love affair with a local high school teacher, and a game of three-on-three basketball with the President--not to mention the money-soaked real estate project itself, cut out of 600 acres of emaciated Detroit. Marny's billionaire buddy from Yale, Robert James, calls his project "the Groupon model for gentrification," others call it "New Jamestown," and Marny calls it home-- until Robert James asks him to leave. This is the story of what went wrong.
You Don't Have to Live Like This is the breakout novel from the "fabulously real" (Guardian) voice of the only American included in Granta's Best of Young British Novelists. Using the framework of our present reality, Benjamin Markovits blurs the line between the fictional and the fact-based, and captures an invisible current threaded throughout American politics, economics, and society that is waiting to explode.
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|Grouping Title||you don t have to live like this|
|Grouping Author||markovits benjamin|
|Last Grouping Update||2018-11-12 23:00:03PM|
|Last Indexed||2018-11-13 00:12:47AM|
|available_at_catalog||Main Kids, Main Library|
|detailed_location_catalog||Main Library - Adult Fiction|
|display_description||"A work of supreme control and complicated emotional subterfuge, YOU DON'T HAVE TO LIVE LIKE THIS is the breakout novel for one of Amerca's great young fiction writers. A book that uses the framework of our present reality to build it's own world, it blurs the line between fiction and nonfiction in the best way, and asks urgent, unforgettable questions about the future of our once great American cities, the state of American race relations, and the widening gap between rich and poor"--|
|isbn||9780062376602, 9780062376619, 9780062376626|
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|owning_library_catalog||Nashville Public Library|
|owning_location_catalog||Main Kids, Main Library|
|record_details||ils:CARL0000465200|Book|Books|First edition.|English|Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers,||391 pages ; 24 cm., overdrive:e7f0bb30-f06b-410f-b8fd-3d3a5e64ae95|eBook|eBook||English|HarperCollins|2015||
|subject_facet||Detroit (Mich.) -- Fiction, Michigan -- Fiction, Psychological fiction, American, Racism -- United States -- Fiction, Real estate development -- Michigan -- Detroit -- Fiction|
|title_display||You don't have to live like this : a novel|
|title_full||You Don't Have to Live Like This A Novel, You don't have to live like this : a novel / Benjamin Markovits|
|title_short||You don't have to live like this :|
|topic_facet||Fiction, Literature, Psychological fiction, American, Racism, Real estate development|