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.
"An extraordinary glimpse into the lives of those struggling for survival and dignity in inner-city America."Chicago Sun-Times
"Alex Kotlowitzs story informs the heart. His meticulous portrait of two boys in a Chicago housing project shows how much heroism is required to survive, let alone escape."The New York Times
"Alex Kotlowitz joins the ranks of the important few writers on the subiect of urban poverty."Chicago Tribune
"Kotlowitz has achieved a triumph of empathy as well as a significant feat of reporting."Los Angeles Times
"A powerful argument against the politics of inertia, hopelessness, and greed, and for a real war on poverty, violence, and racism in our country."Tracy Kidder, author of Among the Schoolchildren