This national bestseller chronicles the true story of two brothers coming of age in the Henry Horner public housing complex in Chicago. Lafeyette and Pharoah Rivers are eleven and nine years old when the story begins in the summer of 1987. Living with their mother and six siblings, they struggle against grinding poverty, gun violence, gang influences, overzealous police officers, and overburdened and neglectful bureaucracies. Immersed in their lives for two years, Kotlowitz brings us this classic rendering of growing up poor in America's cities. There Are No Children Here was selected by the New York Public Library as one of the 150 most important books of the twentieth century.
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"The poignant title sets the stage for this 1992 journalistic work, often mistaken for fiction, which exposes life in America's inner-city housing projects. Narrator Dion Graham's even pacing and understated intensity lend sensitivity and immediacy to Kotlowitz's chronicle of his three years of observing the impoverished Rivers family as it struggles with poverty, drugs, gangs, and indifference. Graham's transitions from straight narration to convincing dialogue are seamless and combine with the subject matter to grip the listener and make turning away impossible. Both author and narrator wisely avoid slipping into dramatics, letting events and participants speak for themselves. Although it's more than 20 years old, this powerful account, sadly, is still current and will leave the listener wishing Kotlowitz had written a follow-up. M.O.B. (c) AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine"
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