The World According to Fannie Davis [GRPL Book Club]

The World According to Fannie Davis [GRPL Book Club]

My Mother's Life in the Detroit Numbers

Book Club Kit - 2019
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In 1958, the very same year that an unknown songwriter named Berry Gordy borrowed $800 to found Motown Records, a pretty young mother from Nashville, Tennessee, borrowed $100 from her brother to run a numbers racket out of her home. That woman was Fannie Davis, Bridgett M. Davis's mother. Part bookie, part banker, mother, wife, and granddaughter of slaves, Fannie ran her numbers business for thirty-four years, doing what it took to survive in a legitimate business that just happened to be illegal. She created a loving, joyful home, sent her children to the best schools, bought them the best clothes, mothered them to the highest standard, and when the tragedy of urban life struck, soldiered on with her stated belief: "Dying is easy. Living takes guts." A daughter's moving homage to an extraordinary parent, The World According to Fannie Davis is also the suspenseful, unforgettable story about the lengths to which a mother will go to "make a way out of no way" and provide a prosperous life for her family -- and how those sacrifices resonate over time.
Publisher: New York ; Boston : Little, Brown and Company, 2019
Edition: First United States Edition
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9780316558723
0316558723
9780316558730
0316558737
Characteristics: xi, 308 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 25 cm

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