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The World According to Fannie Davis: My Mother's Life in the Detroit Numbers - Bridgett M. Davis
The World According to Fannie Davis: My Mother's Life in the Detroit Numbers
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Set against the backdrop of Detroit in the 1960's and 1970's, the story of the life of a one-of-a-kind matriarch whose business in the Numbers made her daughter's dreams come true. 'The World According to Fannie Davis' is Bridgett Davis's unforgettable coming of age in a family with a secret.... show more
Set against the backdrop of Detroit in the 1960's and 1970's, the story of the life of a one-of-a-kind matriarch whose business in the Numbers made her daughter's dreams come true.

'The World According to Fannie Davis' is Bridgett Davis's unforgettable coming of age in a family with a secret. The upper middle class splendor in which she and her siblings so happily lived was made possible by her mother's business in the Numbers, the informal lottery that powered African American communities across the United States. A poignant and revealing examination of how one family lifted itself out of poverty and into a completely different life, for good and bad, 'The World According to Fannie Davis' introduces us to an unforgettable matriarch, and her daughter, whose ways of understanding still resonate today.

Offering a daughter's perspective on her larger-than-life mother, Bridgett Davis traces her family's story as part of the Great Migration, showing how her mother and father arrived in Detroit from Tennessee carrying with them not just their own hopes but also those of their families. A child gifted with extraordinary powers of perception and understanding, Davis breaks the code of secrecy around her mother's business and in so doing reveals both her mothers' extraordinary sacrifices as well as her seemingly endless generosity. We come to understand just how keenly Fannie Davis believed in the power of money, and family, to make the world right.

Moving, suspenseful and emotionally rewarding, 'The World According to Fannie Davis' will change the way you understand the lengths a mother will go to provide for her family, and the way those sacrifices resonate over time, offering not just a moving portrait of one American family, but also a new way of understanding Detroit.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780316558730 (0316558737)
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Pages no: 299
Edition language: English
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