"A pulsating tour of mid-20th-century Chicago and of racial and ethnic divisions. Innovative and enjoyable."
The Chicago Tribune,
and author, A Horse of a Different Color
"What happens when urban worlds collide? TO LOVE MERCY portrays 1940s Chicago from the South Side to Riverview, with a focus on two boys, one from Bronzeville, one from Hyde Park. What makes it so remarkable is the
careful - loving - care to get the words and cadences right from Chicago of the era of our childhood. A wonderful, very special book."
Gary T. Johnson,
Chicago Historical Society.
"A compelling fable of hope and reconciliation told in a new and unique narrative voice. If you like Chicago you'll love TO LOVE MERCY."
Peter M. Rutkoff,
author of Shadow Ball: A Novel of Baseball and Chicago.
"Frank S. Joseph, one of America's good writers, possesses an ability to capture the words and scenes of real people in ways that are always artful, often stunning. TO LOVE MERCY is a truly fine piece of literature"
Thomas J. Cottle, Professor of Education, Boston University,
author of When the Music Stopped: Discovering My Mother.