The novel is based in Revere, Massachusetts – the hometown of author Roland Merullo, who now lives in the hills of Hampshire County.
It’s been a violent year in Springfield, with 12 murders so far in 2015. NEPR’s Henry Epp spoke to longtime Springfield activist DeJuan Brown about violence prevention efforts as the summer begins.
This week the Springfield City Council again put off a vote on whether to accept state grant money for youth violence and gang prevention programs. Some city councilors want assurance that various community organizations are getting a fair shot at receiving funds.