“The author of the bestselling book There Are No Children Here Alex Kotlowitz writes a deeply textured, poignant portrait of love and death in most turbulent neighborhoods of Chicago. Over the past twenty years in the city, 14,033 men and women have been killed. Roughly 60,000 more have been wounded by gunfire. The spirit of the community and the people in it have been gravely affected. The author Alex Kotlowitz draws from his decades of experience. He dedicated one summer in Chicago to chronicle and write about the individuals who have been emerged in the city’s violence. Their stories capture the capability and the breaking point of the human spirit, soul, and heart. The result of this summer is this spellbinding collection entitled An American Summer: Love and Death in Chicago. In this book, Kotlowitz shares the deeply intimate profiles of these individuals in the hopes that this upends what we think we already know about gun violence in America. Kotlowitz applies the close-up and thoroughly empathic reporting that had made his previous novel There Are No Children Here a modern classic. In An American Summer: Love and Death in Chicago, Alex Kotlowitz offers a deeply piercing and honest portrait of a thriving city in turmoil.”
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