Acclaimed author E.R. Frank writes provocative fiction. America, a foulmouthed, yet endearing 16-year-old, attempts suicide and is placed in the care of psychiatrists at Ridgeway mental hospital. There he learns to cope with a past filled with neglect and mistreatment with the help of Dr. B. Alternating between America's present- day stay at the hospital and his past, living in the care of his older brothers, America is a stark exploration of the mind of an inner-city youth.
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"Told as a first-person account in sequential chapters of "Then" and "Now," protagonist America's nightmare unfolds before the listener. Born to a crack-addicted mother, racially mixed, sexually abused, and abandoned, America is lost in the welfare system until he attempts suicide at 16. He's sent to an adolescent treatment facility, where he encounters Dr. B. Eventually therapy forces the angry, suspicious youngster to confront his past and find himself. J.D. Jackson's performance transforms America's street language into heartbreaking poetry. Jackson never panders to the material, giving the ring of truth to every word. E.R. Frank turns one boy's search for sanity in an insane world into an indictment of a society that discards its children. Brutal, not for the squeamish, Jackson's performance of an American original is remarkable. S.J.H. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award (c) AudioFile 2003, Portland, Maine"
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