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Milwaukee Blues

260 pages
Schaffner Press Inc
The deaths of unarmed Black male citizens at the hands of police from Eric Garner in New York City in 2015 to George Floyd in Minneapolis in May 2020 provide the inspiration behind Louis-Philippe Dalembert's latest novel, a retelling of events leading up to and after these tragedies. In this moving tribute, the fictionalized main character Emmett and victim of police violence, is seen through the eyes of several individuals who were all touched by his life: the Pakistani shopkeeper who dialed 911; Emmett's former girlfriend; a teacher; a neighborhood friend, and his college football coach all recall Emmett and describe how his love and generous spirit touched their lives. The novel then takes a wider point of view in the second half to focus on the march and memorial service with a resounding and spiritual message of peace. This is a powerful testament to the ongoing struggles for justice, and a moving and hopeful tribute to the many victims of racist violence