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A fine portrait of a Chicago family surviving but taking wounds ...
on November 4, 2015
A fine portrait of a Chicago family surviving but taking wounds from poverty, bureaucracy, violence, bigotry, some wounds arguably self-inflicted but many otherwise. Alex Kotlowitz focuses with genuine friendship on two young brothers and their mom, of an extended family living cramped in criminally mis-managed public housing projects. I haven't read anything else that documents in such close quarter this life I haven't known -- though it was but a few miles from my home, and I'm sure time passing since publication of There Are No Children Here has changed little for people in seemingly permanent financial distress of what LaJoe Rivers and her sons Lafayette and Pharoah experienced.