Long Bright River
Why this book?
I was immediately gripped by this gritty novel, not least because of Liz Moore’s talent in painting a specific place and community. Set in a working-class Philadelphia neighborhood devastated by the opioid crisis, this is a story of two sisters at the opposite ends of the law. Mickey always tried to leave, to become something other than what she saw around her. But she never did. She is now a cop, her beat the same streets in which she’d grown up, and the people she helps, or arrests, the same ones she’s known her entire life. I became utterly engrossed in the dynamics between the sisters, but mostly, the internal struggles Mickey faces as she tries to do the best she can for her family, her neighborhood, and her friends.