An American Summer: Love and Death in Chicago (Large Print / Library Binding)

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In his first full-length book in 15 years, Journalist Alex Kotlowitz weaves together 15 narratives of the violence that poor Chicagoans must deal with every day. With the breakdown in gang control and demise of the high-rise projects (such as the Henry Horner Homes that were the setting for There Are No Children Here), violence has moved to the streets and neighborhoods. With the omnipresent and widespread cliques, the code of violence of old-time gangs has been decimated – athletes and excelling students are not given a pass, and incidents spin out of control and destroy the lives of innocent bystanders. The residents involved often have PTSD, but this trauma is not post-anything. An American Summer does an amazing job of showcasing these individuals, noting how many of these kids and young adults would, under other circumstances, be not just productive members of society but high-achieving ones like Marco, whose destiny teeters between two very desperate futures. Kotlowitz has written a powerful and important work of journalism, one so filled with empathy and hope that it’s likely to inspire many readers to search for new answers to a long-existing problem.

— Daniel Goldin

Product Details
ISBN: 9781432866365
ISBN-10: 1432866362
Large Print: Yes
Publisher: Thorndike Press Large Print
Publication Date: August 7th, 2019
Pages: 525
Language: English