Voices from the Rust Belt
ISBN: 1250162971
EAN13: 9781250162977
Language: English
Pages: 256
Dimensions: 1.00" H x 8.00" L x 5.00" W
Weight: 1.00 lbs.
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Picador USA

Voices from the Rust Belt

Book Overview
Timely . . . the collection] paints intimate portraits of neglected places that are often used as political talking points. A good companion piece to J. D. Vance's Hillbilly Elegy .-- Booklist The essays in Voices from the Rust Belt address segregated schools, rural childhoods, suburban ennui, lead poisoning, opiate addiction, and job loss. They reflect upon happy childhoods, successful community ventures, warm refuges for outsiders, and hidden oases of natural beauty. But mainly they are stories drawn from uniquely personal experiences: A girl has her bike stolen. A social worker in Pittsburgh makes calls on clients. A journalist from Buffalo moves away, and misses home.... A father gives his daughter a bath in the lead-contaminated water of Flint, Michigan (from the introduction). Where is America's Rust Belt? It's not quite a geographic region but a linguistic one, first introduced as a concept in 1984 by Walter Mondale. In the modern vernacular, it's closely associated with the Post-Industrial Midwest, and includes Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania, as well as parts of Illinois, Wisconsin, and New York. The region reflects the country's manufacturing center, which, over the past forty years, has been in decline. In the 2016 election, the Rust Belt's economic woes became a political talking point, and helped pave the way for a Donald Trump victory. But the region is neither monolithic nor easily understood. The truth is much more nuanced. Voices from the Rust Belt pulls together a distinct variety of voices from people who call the region home. Voices that emerge from familiar Rust Belt cities--Detroit, Cleveland, Flint, and Buffalo, among other places--and observe, with grace and sensitivity, the changing economic and cultural realities for generations of Americans.