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There Are No Children Here: The Story of Two Boys Growing Up in The Other America

 
 
 
 
There Are No Children Here: The Story of Two Boys Growing Up in The Other America
Author: Alex Kotlowitz
ISBN 13: 9780385265560
ISBN 10: 385265565
Edition: 1st
Publisher: Doubleday
Publication Date: 1992-01-05
Format: Paperback
Pages: 323
List Price: $16.00
 
 

This is the moving and powerful account of two  remarkable boys struggling to survive in Chicago's  Henry Horner Homes, a public housing complex  disfigured by crime and neglect.

Publishers Weekly

The devastating story of brothers Lafayette and Pharoah Rivers, children of the Chicago ghetto, is powerfully told here by Kotlowitz, a Wall Street Journal reporter who first met the boys in 1985 when they were 10 and seven, respectively. Their family includes a mother, a frequently absent father, an older brother and younger triplets. We witness the horrors of growing up in an ill-maintained housing project tyrannized by drug gangs and where murders and shootings frequently occur. Lafayette tries to cope by stifling his emotions and turning himself into an automaton, while Pharoah first attempts to regress into early childhood and then finds a way out by excelling at school. Kotlowitz's affecting report does not have a ``neat and tidy ending. . . . It is, instead, about a beginning, the dawning of two lives.'' These are lives at a crossroads, not totally without hope of triumphing over their origin. ( Apr .