The subject of homelessness tends to be written in the style of stiff political scientists or with a high pitched outlook that tends to be painfully melodramatic of someone from the outside trying to look in; trying to put themselves in the worn shoes of an homeless person, vagabonding between cities and shelters.
This book is different. Michael Fox has that kind of no-frills "this is how it is" tone that only can come from someone who has lived through it. What a "professional" writer would spend a couple of hundred pages on, he delivers with a few strokes of the pen. He doesn't feel sorry for himself, and he's not one for dwelling in his own emotions.
This is kind of an Bukowski-light. Michael Fox is far from that skilled, but the matter-of-fact tone in relation to a gruesome and harsh reality, makes this a really enjoyable reading experience.
While revealing the daily challenges and realities of homelessness, Michael Fox provides valuable insights into solutions that only one who has been there can offer.
The barriers to attaining / resuming a main-stream life are matter-of-factly described. Thoughtful considerations are posed addressing obstacles in a methodical and provocative manner. Through Project Five-Star, Michael invites the reader to cross with him the bridge of hope ... imaging a world of dignity and fruitfulness.
A raw realistic look into the world of homelessness. This book illustrates the challenges of being entangled in a system that is almost impossible to escape. It challenges the attitudes that homeless people are just lazy bums who refuse to work and looking for a handout; and offers a real solution that would allow them to become self-sufficient.