"What is the Detroit River? It's dumps, dogpatches, ships, steamers, storms. It's monthlong salvage operations. It's the Zug Island stacks, belching clouds of purple and yellow: naphthalene, chromium, benzene, copper. It's the reflection of a city in riot. And it's the singing motormen, the agitators, and the autoworkers who look into its waves every day and see something of their future. 'The River Detroit' is Paul Vasey's tribute to a place he discovered by accident and loved over alifetime. Chatty, anecdotal, personal and passionate, by one of Windsor's most celebrated broadcasters, this grassroots memoir brings to life a new kind of border city: a Windsor that captured a reporter's imagination, stole his heart, and eventually became the place he calls home.
Praise for Paul Vasey's 'A Troublesome Boy and Other Works'
"Beneath the tough guy prose lurks a philosopher trying to understand the lack of love. Vasey's writing is gruesome and gritty going, very compelling." - The Globe and Mail
"Sharp, perceptive and vigorously written, Vasey's novel confronts the past in a way that rings true to adolescence in the present. Imaginative dialogue, an energetic pace and nuanced characters make this exceptional." - The Toronto Star
"What Kerouac does for America, Vasey does for Windsor" - Room Magazine
"A smooth and captivating read." - Canadian Book Review Annual
Paul Vasey is the author of ten published books?novels, short stories and non-fiction. For 18 years he hosted CBC morning programs in Windsor and Victoria. Prior to joining the CBC, Vasey was an award-winning journalist with 'The Windsor Star, The Hamilton Spectator, The Canadian Press' and 'The Owen Sound Sun-Times.'
"Wonderful #windsor memoir!" - Margaret Atwood
"The book is a memoir, but with a few fictional characters ... we Windsorites are fortunate to be chronicled by a master storyteller who can find the truth in documenting both." - The Windsor Star