What 'Three Girls From Bronzeville' & 'Down The River Unto The Sea' Both Reveal : NPR's Book of the Day At first glance, journalist Dawn Turner's book Three Girls from Bronzeville: A Uniquely American Memoir of Race, Fate, and Sisterhood and detective novelist Walter Mosley's Down The River Unto The Sea don't have a ton in common. The former takes place in Chicago and focuses on the tough childhoods of Turner, her sister and her best friend; the latter takes readers to the streets of New York, where a cop-turned-private eye investigates police corruption. But in today's episode, each author talks to Michel Martin about how both their stories illustrate systems that treat Black Americans unfairly, and what that says about justice in the U.S.

What A Detective Novel And A Memoir Both Have To Say About Black American Life

What A Detective Novel And A Memoir Both Have To Say About Black American Life

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At first glance, journalist Dawn Turner's book Three Girls from Bronzeville: A Uniquely American Memoir of Race, Fate, and Sisterhood and detective novelist Walter Mosley's Down The River Unto The Sea don't have a ton in common. The former takes place in Chicago and focuses on the tough childhoods of Turner, her sister and her best friend; the latter takes readers to the streets of New York, where a cop-turned-private eye investigates police corruption. But in today's episode, each author talks to Michel Martin about how both novels illustrates systems that treat Black Americans unfairly, and what that says about justice in the U.S.

Want to learn more?

Find out where to buy Three Girls from Bronzeville and Down The River Unto The Sea.

Listen to Michel Martin's original interviews with Dawn Turner and Walter Mosley.

Read more of Dawn Turner's work, including her columns for the Chicago Tribune.

Catch up on Walter Mosley's (many) other novels, including the Easy Rawlins mysteries and Leonid McGill series. And listen to Code Switch's Karen Grigsby Bates ask Mosley why he loves to write about Black Los Angeles in his books.

This podcast episode was produced by Megan Lim and edited by Petra Mayer, Megan Sullivan, Kayla Burney and Beth Donovan. The digital editor is Natalie Escobar.