In Ordinary Resurrections: Children in the Years of Hope, award-winning author Jonathan Kozol tells the stories of a group of children in the South Bronx whom he's known for many years and who, with joyful energy, delicious humor, and unshakable faith in their own self-worth, defy the morbid expectations of society.
In the section of the Bronx where these children live, 25 percent of children suffer asthma, 75 percent of men are unemployed, 99.8 percent of children in the public schools are black or Hispanic, and nearly 95 percent of families live on yearly incomes of $10,000 or less. Incarceration rates for men are so high that countless children see their fathers only when they visit them in prison.
Written from the vantage point of the children, Ordinary Resurrections offers a glimpse at the wanderings and dramas of these ordinary children, played out against the harsh realities of one of the most deeply segregated urban neighborhoods in the U.S.
Affecting...deeply moving. This is the most personal of Kozol's efforts.