An American Summer: Love and Death in Chicago

Written by:
Alex Kotlowitz
Narrated by:
Alex Kotlowitz

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
March 2019
9 hours 54 minutes

From the bestselling author of There Are No Children Here, a richly textured, heartrending portrait of love and death in Chicago's most turbulent neighborhoods.

The numbers are staggering: over the past twenty years in Chicago, 14,033 people have been killed and another roughly 60,000 wounded by gunfire. What does that do to the spirit of individuals and community? Drawing on his decades of experience, Alex Kotlowitz set out to chronicle one summer in the city, writing about individuals who have emerged from the violence and whose stories capture the capacity--and the breaking point--of the human heart and soul. The result is a spellbinding collection of deeply intimate profiles that upend what we think we know about gun violence in America. Among others, we meet a man who as a teenager killed a rival gang member and twenty years later is still trying to come to terms with what he's done; a devoted school social worker struggling with her favorite student, who refuses to give evidence in the shooting death of his best friend; the witness to a wrongful police shooting who can't shake what he has seen; and an aging former gang leader who builds a place of refuge for himself and his friends.
     Applying the close-up, empathic reporting that made There Are No Children Here a modern classic, Kotlowitz offers a piercingly honest portrait of a city in turmoil. These sketches of those left standing will get into your bones. This one summer will stay with you.
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Latoya L.

We all know Chicago to be the murder Capitol, hence the nickname Chi-raq. Alex detailed one summer in Chicago, the deaths, the fear, the uncertainty, the survival of the fittest if you will..... the novel is thought provoking. Like why does people still live there, why are the still abiding by the street code? Why must parents ensure they have and pay for life insurance policies for their children before other bills? This is no way to live. The innocence is taking away from children and being at the wrong place at the wrong time happens way too often to even be at saying/quote. This book made me cry, made me angry, and feel sad for the people of Chicago. The mothers/fathers who have to bury their children, the children who see their friends/family members gunned down, and the "policing" and excuses that's given. This book is a must read, but ne aware it's not for the faint at heart. #Book10of2022 #bookworm #whatsnext

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