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Broken Monsters is very much a novel of the present. The city of Detroit is a major, tragic character in the novel — "Some people have ghost towns, we have a whole ghost city," as one local artist puts it. Beukes doesn't shy away from the social issues that have plagued Detroit; she mentions the city's corrupt former mayor, Kwame Kilpatrick, as well as Renisha McBride, a black woman who was shot to death after knocking on the door of a white homeowner. - Entire NPR Book review here.
noun: philistine; plural noun: philistines
- 1.a person who is hostile or indifferent to culture and the arts, or who has no understanding of them."I am a complete philistine when it comes to paintings"
- 1.hostile or indifferent to culture and the arts."a philistine government"