Detroit riots

New UM honors students to read Susan Messer’s ‘Grand River and Joy’ this summer

by Heather Newman May 20, 2010

The University of Michigan’s Honors Program in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts has selected Grand River and Joy as its required reading book for the summer for incoming Honors students. The book, set in the summer of the 1967 Detroit race riots, depicts the struggles of downtown shopkeeper Harry Levine as he attempts to decide whether to stay or flee for the suburbs. It is Susan Messer’s first, and critically acclaimed, novel. Roughly 500 new Honors students will read the book over the summer and discuss it on their first day on campus. “Many of our students […]

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