Invisible Child: Poverty, Survival & Hope in an American City
2022 PULITZER PRIZE WINNER FOR GENERAL NONFICTION
A “vivid and devastating” (The New York Times) portrait of an indomitable girl
“The result of this unflinching, tenacious reporting is a rare and powerful work whose stories will live inside you long after you’ve read them.” —Matthew Desmond, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Evicted, New York Times Book Review
ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR: The New York Times
Dasani’s imagination is as soaring as the skyscrapers near her Brooklyn shelter, yet her indomitable spirit is tested by homelessness, poverty, and racism, in a divided city. This sweeping narrative weaves together the story of a young girl’s life with the history of her family, as Dasani guides her siblings through a world of violence and inequality. Dasani never loses her conviction that a better life is possible, and on the streets, she fights tenaciously to protect the ones she loves. When one of her teachers takes a special interest in her, Dasani begins on a path toward an extraordinary opportunity: an offer to enroll at a distinguished boarding school that could transform her life. Yet what if leaving poverty means abandoning your family, and losing a part of yourself.
In beautiful and riveting prose, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Andrea Elliott weaves together an inspiring true story that reads like a page-turning novel. Based on nearly a decade of reporting, Invisible Child illuminates hidden corners of American life, through the astonishing story of one remarkable girl.
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