AN AMERICAN HISTORY SUMMER READING LIST

This remarkable novel, just published in April 2020, opens with a 1968 Detroit anti–Vietnam War peace march when “guerrilla theater tactics” that results in an injured policeman, and the two sisters, Rosa and Esther, who are arrested for the crime. Esther is a mother of a five-month old infant, and makes decisions that rip apart the bond with her sister Rosa as well as their extended family and friends.

Meeropol takes the reader through decades of the sisters’ lives and the unexpected consequences that have all stemmed from that day in Detroit, 1968. What could they have done differently? Should they have done anything differently?

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