Down City: A Daughter's Story of Love, Memory, and Murder

Down City: A Daughter's Story of Love, Memory, and Murder

Like James Ellroy's, My Dark Places, DOWN CITY is a gripping narrative built of memory and reportage, and Leah Carroll's portrait of Rhode Island is sure to take a place next Mary Karr's portrayal of her childhood in East Texas and David Simon's gritty Baltimore. Leah Carroll's mother, a gifted amateur photographer, was murdered by two drug dealers with Mafia connections w...

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Title:Down City: A Daughter's Story of Love, Memory, and Murder
Author:Leah Carroll
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ISBN:1455563315
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:240 pages

Down City: A Daughter's Story of Love, Memory, and Murder Reviews

  • Sam
    Apr 14, 2017
    Review forthcoming...
  • Kim Marques
    Mar 28, 2017
    I'm not an entirely unbiased reader of Down City. The author and I grew up in the same town and much of our time in middle school and high school ran parallel to each other, especially in middle school. That said - Down City is incredibly well written. Carroll writes in a style that is both a bit he...
  • Rachel Watkins
    Dec 24, 2016
    I loved this memoir and found the investigative angle very compelling. Having a mother who is a drug addict changed Leah Carroll's life trajectory and her story is beautifully told....
  • Sara
    Mar 07, 2017
    I pre-ordered this book because the author is a childhood friend. I stayed up all night reading it because it is beautiful and raw and incredible. It is written from memories and research that jump back and forth through time without feeling jerky. It unflinchingly addresses the loss of both the aut...
  • Brianna Aloisio
    Mar 10, 2017
    This review is somewhat subjective because the author is related. But personal feelings aside, I am left feeling impacted by the lives described of Leah's parents. The raw material of this book is beautifully spun together with Leah's perspective of her parents at the center that then branches out i...
  • Stacy
    Mar 09, 2017
    This is one of those books that comes along and keeps you riveted. Like, sneaking-away-to-the-bathroom-at-work-so-you-can-read riveted. (I admit nothing.) There's so much Carroll leaves unsaid, so much behind what she does say, and yet her writing is totally casual and conversational, like a strange...
  • Eric
    Mar 12, 2017
    Down City is a powerful, heart wrenching memoir of a daughter's telling of the murder of her mother and of her father's battle over depression and alcoholism. While the memoir deals with disturbing subject matter, in the end, the love of the author toward her parents is uplifting and moving. Leah Ca...
  • Mark
    Mar 25, 2017
    I was reading the last twenty pages, while wiping tears away from my eyes. This is a brave and thoughtful book -- an elegy really. I grew up in nearby Massachusetts, so many of the settings are familiar to me. What is also familiar to me is the underlying sense of struggle that goes along with being...
  • Jeanette
    Mar 22, 2017
    Leah tells her tale. It's autobiographical until the age of 32. Most of her years until adulthood were lived within or near to Providence, Rhode Island. It's as the title infers. She's descriptive and filled with direct voice and solid opinion. You can absolutely tell that there was hardly a time at...
  • Michelle
    May 01, 2017
    The loss of a parent for a young child is tragic enough, when that parent was a victim of a violent crime and senseless murder, the family dynamic is so darkly and permanently altered in the most profound ways. In “Down City: A Daughter’s Story of Love, Memory, and Murder” Leah Carrol...