Broke offers an urgent, narrative account of a city’s bankruptcy and its aftermath, told through the lives of seven valiantly struggling Detroiters.

In the lead up to Detroit’s July 2013 bankruptcy, and in its aftermath, dramatic headlines, thousands of column inches, hundreds of news reports, and a goodly number of books explained the process and possible benefits of municipal bankruptcy. But rarely in all that reporting was the impact on the people living in the city discussed.

Jodie Adams Kirshner is a research professor at New York University. Previously on the law faculty at Cambridge University, she also teaches bankruptcy law at Columbia Law School. She is an elected member of the American Law Institute, past term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a technical advisor to the Bank for International Settlements. She received a prestigious multi-year grant from the Kresge Foundation to research Broke.

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Broke reviewed by the New York Times

Broke reviewed by the New York Times

NONFICTION ‘Broke’ Chronicles a City Out of Cash and Awash in Desperation An abandoned home on Detroit’s east side, 2017.Credit...Erin Kirkland for The New York Times By Anna Clark Nov. 19, 2019, 5:00 a.m. ET BROKE Hardship and Resilience in a City of...

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Broke excerpted in the New York Times

Broke excerpted in the New York Times

‘Broke: Hardship and Resilience in a City of Broken Promises,’ by Jodie Adams Kirshner: An Excerpt Nov. 19, 2019 Prologue: Springtime in Detroit Miles strode through the streets of Detroit, long-legged and focused, carrying a cup of keys to all the houses he...

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Broke in Bridge Magazine

Broke in Bridge Magazine

Last winter, after Fiat Chrysler announced it would spend nearly $5 billion to build the first new auto assembly plant in Detroit in nearly three decades, President Trump tweeted, “They are all coming back to the USA, it’s where the action is!”  In referencing...

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Broke a Salon.com ‘November Must-Read Book’

Broke a Salon.com ‘November Must-Read Book’

November must-read books: Lynda Barry's comics, Carmen Maria Machado's "In the Dream House" and more The women of Ovid's "Metamorphoses" speak for themselves; disquieting novels revisit the Nazi and Pinochet regimes ERIN KEANE • ASHLIE D. STEVENS NOVEMBER 4,...

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Broke in the Daily Beast

Broke in the Daily Beast

In Puerto Rico, so far, this year’s hurricane season hasn’t seemed bad. Dorian grazed the island but unleashed the bulk of its furies elsewhere. The same cannot be said of the financial lashings that Puerto Ricans have been weathering.

Earlier this fall, after over a decade in recession and more than four years since a declaration that Puerto Rico could not pay its bills, a federal oversight board disclosed a plan for restructuring the island’s debt. Two years earlier, the board had entered the island into a new, bankruptcy-like process to restructure nine times the amount of liabilities that Detroit reported when it filed for bankruptcy. The plan for Puerto Rico would reduce a third of the debt; it still requires a creditor vote and court approval.

I spent the last three and a half years studying the impact of Detroit’s bankruptcy on its residents.

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Broke: Library Journal review

Broke: Library Journal review

In her study of Detroit’s recent bankruptcy, Kirshner (research professor, New York Univ.) observes the experience of seven individuals, including residents, aspiring homeowners, and speculators. They include young single mother Lola, educated and motivated but unable...

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Detroit Broke City: PW Talks with Jodie Adams Kirshner

Detroit Broke City: PW Talks with Jodie Adams Kirshner

In Broke: Hardship and Resilience in a City of Broken Promises (St. Martin’s, Nov.), Kirshner documents the consequences of Detroit’s 2013 bankruptcy for its residents. Why did Detroit’s government decide declaring bankruptcy was the best course of action for the...

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