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Honky

 
 
 
 
Honky
Author: Dalton Conley
ISBN 13: 9780375727757
ISBN 10: 375727752
Edition: Reprint
Publisher: Vintage Books
Publication Date: 2001-09-18
Format: Paperback
Pages: 207
List Price: $14.95
 
 

This intensely personal and engaging memoir is the coming-of-age story of a white boy growing up in a neighborhood of predominantly African American and Latino housing projects on New York's Lower East Side. Vividly evoking the details of city life from a child's point of view--the streets, buses, and playgrounds--Honky poignantly illuminates the usual vulnerabilities of childhood complicated by unusual circumstances. As he narrates these sharply etched and often funny memories, Conley shows how race and class shaped his life and the lives of his schoolmates and neighbors. A brilliant case study for illuminating the larger issues of inequality in American society, Honky brings us to a deeper understanding of the privilege of whiteness, the social construction of race, the power of education, and the challenges of inner-city life.

New York Magazine

Honky vividly and subtly evokes the evokes the jarring distinctions of daily life in Manhattan circa 1980.