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The World According to Fannie Davis


My Mother's Life in the Detroit Numbers


By Bridgett M. Davis

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The World According to Fannie Davis: My Mother's Life in the Detroit Numbers | Hardcover | 320 Pages, | ISBN: 9780316558730
Published January 29th, 2019 by Little, Brown and Company
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The World According to Fannie Davis: My Mother's Life in the Detroit Numbers | Audio CD | ISBN: 9781549149719
Published January 29th, 2019 by Blackstone Pub
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The World According to Fannie Davis: My Mother's Life in the Detroit Numbers | Kindle eBook | 320 Pages, | ISBN: 9780316558716
Published January 29th, 2019 by Little, Brown and Company
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A singular memoir highlighting "the outstanding humanity of black America" that tells the story of one unforgettable mother, her devoted daughter, and the life they lead in the Detroit numbers of the 1960s and 1970s (James McBride)

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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