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Author: Bridgett M. Davis Narrator: Bridgett M. Davis Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2019 ISBN: 9781478976615
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Set against the dramatic backdrop of 1960s and 70s Detroit, novelist Bridgett M. Davis's stirring memoir tells how her ingenious mother used Detroit's illegal lottery to support her family



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 tattered apartment on Delaware Street, in one of Detroit's worst sections. That woman was Fannie Davis, Bridgett M. Davis' mother. Part bookie, part banker, mother, wife, granddaughter of slaves, Fannie became more than a numbers runner: she was a kind of Ulysses, guiding both her husbands, five children and a grandson through the decimation of a once-proud city using her wit, style, guts, and even gun. She ran her numbers business for 34 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" to provide a prosperous life for her family -- and how those sacrifices resonate over time. This original, timely, and deeply relatable portrait of one American family is essential reading.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Davis’ memoir of her mother is a vital exploration of the American dream.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Davis’ book is accessible, her language plain and direct. She has a clear-eyed understanding of what it means to be poor and what kind of opportunities money creates…The World According to Fannie Davis would make a thrilling film…We need more stories like Fannie’s—the triumph and good life of a lucky black woman in a deeply corrupt world.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • "[An] admiring and highly compelling memoir…This outstanding book is a tribute to one woman but will surely speak to the experiences of many.

    Kirkus Reviews (starred and featured review)

  • “Novelist Davis honors her mother in this lively and heartfelt memoir of growing up in the 1960s and ‘70s Detroit…This charming tale of a strong and inspirational woman offers a tantalizing glimpse into the past, savoring the good without sugarcoating the bad.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice

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