Detroit is a segregated area. Detroit has always been a mixture of many different types of ethnicities, religions, and backgrounds. Most of these different people fled to Detroit because of the surplus of jobs that the assembly line opened up. This overwhelming migration of people towards Detroit changed the city as a whole. Riots broke out amongst the different “types”. The city made a turn for the worst. Certain parts of Detroit were left untouched by the crime flooding the city. Other parts couldn’t help but become consumed with the poverty and crime. When traveling through the city, making a wrong turn may put you in a completely different part of town. Desdemona experienced this when she was traveling to a job location. “There was no roadblock, no fence. The streetcar didn’t so much as pause as it crossed the invisible barrier, but at the same time in the length of a block the world was different” pg 141, this quote explains a particular barrier, line, or even boundary where a place can go from being very familiar to extremely unfamiliar in a blink of an eye. This “barrier” mentioned could be related to many different things throughout the book. As I mentioned above, Detroit is the main figure. Back then and still to this day Detroit is extremely closed off in certain areas. There are neighborhoods where you know you have to watch out and others you can relax. This boundary is invisible, but it also sort of stands out in a precise way. This can be related to the boundary Cal feels. The boundary between boy and girl, or even the boundary of what is right and what is wrong in his eyes. Another boundary is the boundary Desdemona feels she has over stepped. She has committed incest. Throughout the entire book she feels as if she should be punished for her actions. This boundary is something she lives with the rest of her life. Boundaries either within Detroit, Cal, or Desdemona always seem as if they are going to live with them for the rest of their lives. Will they ever be able to overcome these boundaries and allow the idea of change?