Happy Anyway: A Flint Anthology (Paperback)
A collection of essays and personal narratives, the book captures a confounding, contradictory city, proving that Flint is far more than the common narrative of an industrial town picking itself up after a big company has moved out or as the site of a devastating public health crisis. The stories delve into the lives within the city—what it was like to be a child on the east side; how it feels to be a parent today, without clean water; who is able to truly lay claim to being “from Flint;” and what it means to finally leave—or to stay, even when bikes, jewelry, or love continually disappear.
About the Author
Scott Atkinson is a freelance writer, a regular contributor to Belt Magazine, and a former reporter for The Flint Journal. He has written about Flint for The New York Times and other publications. He lives in Flint, Michigan.
“Flint may have had tough times, but that history makes for tough people: good neighbors, brave physicians, hard workers, selfless earth scientists, and, as we see here, creators of a vibrant cultural life. The voices in this collection reveal the talent and scope of storytelling in and around the city. These pieces . . . stand as proof of the determination and optimism of a city that just won’t quit.” —Thomas C. Foster, author, How to Read Literature Like a Professor