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Daisies in the Junkyard Hardcover – May 17, 2002


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Forge Books; 1st edition (May 17, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076530144X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765301444
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.7 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,070,184 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Chicago priest Michael Enright debuts with Daisies in the Junkyard, a powerful and simply told story of two Latin American boys and their families trying to survive in South Chicago. Tony and Carlos are high school seniors who want nothing to do with the Knights or the Devils, rival gangs that plague their neighborhood. But they are given little choice when Carlos is injured in a drive-by shooting and his younger brother is murdered. Enright ably captures the experiences of the boys as they dodge bullets and dabble in spirituality as a means of survival in the direst of circumstances. National advertising.
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"This vivid and passionate story of the short lives and early deaths of young men caught in the crossfire of drug gangs in the barrio of Chicago is a brilliant blend of tragedy and the faith which transcends tragedy." --Andrew M. Greeley, New York Times bestselling author

"Honors the richness of the Mexican-American culture . . . a diamond in the rough." --Chicago Sun-Times

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By "tsm224" on February 27, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Enright gives a voice to two boys trying to survive their teenage years and stay one step ahead of the gangs that roam their neighborhood. Tony and Carlos know if they can escape the ghetto the world is better on the other side. Everday a war is fought on the street outside their front door. Each gang claims it as their own and they get what they want using whatever violence is necessary to secure their kingdom. Enright has lived in these trenches as a priest and tells first person a vivid and disturbing story of growing up in the crossfire of turf wars. As a reader you will fill Carlos pain as he loses friends to the
gangs and to heavens above us daily. All he wants is to graduate and leave this place far behind and he keeps hounding Tony to have the same dream. In this story you will feel the pain of parents losing their sons to a society they don't comprehend, friends mourning a lost childhood and you will see through words the life of a gangbanger. In the end you will find a peace with this book that gives you hope that Tony and Carlos make it out of
the south side of Chicago.
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By Larry VINE VOICE on March 2, 2004
Format: Paperback
In South Chicago gangs thrive. They wreak violence and death upon all that oppose them. It is within this bleak urban landscape that we meet Tony and Carlos who are attending their last year of high school. They want to pursue their dreams of leaving the ghetto and attend college. However, the gangs will not let them go in that they are witnesses to the violence that runs rampant on the streets and in the alleys. This is a chronicle of their struggle.
Michael Enright is a priest who has worked in the Hispanic community in Chicago for over fifteen years. He very much succeeds in bringing to life this heart wrenching tale of two boys who just want to turn out good. Father Enright knows how to set the scene well and provide just enough conflict to keep the pages turning. This is not an overly sentimental or didactic tale but is actually a direct straightforward narrative that drives relentlessly to its inevitable conclusion. The sympathetic characters add to the pathos of this quite remarkable debut.
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By Alfredo on June 8, 2002
Format: Hardcover
For the most part i did enjoy the book. The events and hardships that the charencters experienced were expressed nicely. It is very easy to read, yet there are glimpses of complex behaviors. You can read the whole text on one sitting, but i was a bit not happy. But what i did not enjoy is that the interpretation of events seem to be one-dimentional. It's the type of book that you read for fun, and almost forget that the book existed.
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Format: Hardcover
It is well written, the author includes components of life's struggles in a Hispanic "hood", however, it seems as if He is only writing to an audience that knows what it means to live in such "hood", I was able to picture the situations, but i felt no emotions. Only people with experience with gang warfare will be able to FULLY understand and relate to this book.
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By Anita Morcoin on May 11, 2002
Format: Hardcover
What a great story! A real page-turner - I couldn't put it down. A rare mix of violence and spirituality that turns the south side of Chicago into a surrealist painting: bizarre, but beautiful. You feel can't help feeling compassion for these characters. I was actually sad when I finished - I hope there's a sequel in the works!
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