Set against the dramatic backdrop of 1960s and 70s Detroit, novelist Bridgett M. Davis’s stirring memoir tells how her ingenious mother used Detroit’s illegal lottery to support her family
Growing up, Bridgett knew that her family’s livelihood was entirely dependent on her mother’s business-something that was never to be spoken about. Fannie Davis was a larger-than-life presence to Bridgett: a stay-at-home mom who was not only generous with her own five children, but with anyone in need. Yet while her mother’s business-the underground lottery known as The Numbers-was legitimate it also happened to be illegal.
In The World According to Fannie Davis, Bridgett M. Davis finally tells her extraordinary mother’s story, describing how Fannie and her husband traveled from Nashville to Detroit as part of the last wave of The Great Migration-and how she “made a way out of no way” for her family.
A celebration of Detroit in its heyday, an inside look at how The Numbers powered African-American communities, and a daughter’s homage to a beloved parent, The World According to Fannie Davis is a moving, suspenseful story about the lengths to which a mother will go to provide for her family — and the way those sacrifices resonate over time. This original, timely, and deeply relatable portrait of one American family is essential reading.