Live to See the Day: Coming of Age in American Poverty (Hardcover)

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An indelible portrait of three boys struggling to survive in the poorest neighborhood of the poorest city in America

Kensington, Philadelphia, is distinguished only by its poverty. It is home to Ryan, Giancarlos, and Emmanuel, three Puerto Rican boys who live among the most marginalized children and families in the United States. This is their coming-of-age story. It is also the story of families beset by violence—the violence of homelessness, hunger, incarceration, stray bullets, sexual and physical assault, the hypermasculine logic of the streets, and the drug trade. In Kensington, eighteenth birthdays are not rites of passage but statistical miracles.

One mistake puts Ryan in the juvenile justice pipeline. Giancarlos can’t afford to stop dealing and get off the corner. For Emmanuel, his bisexuality means his mother’s rejection and sleeping in shelters. The three are school dropouts, but they are on a quest to defy their fate and their neighborhood and get high school diplomas.

In a triumph of empathy, Nikhil Goyal follows Ryan, Giancarlos, and Emmanuel on their quest, plunging deep into their lives as they strive to resist their designated place in the social hierarchy. In the process, Live to See the Day confronts a new age of American poverty, after the end of “welfare as we know it,” after “zero tolerance” in schools criminalized a generation of students, after the odds of making it out are ever slighter.

About the Author

Nikhil Goyal is a sociologist, educator, and policymaker. As senior policy adviser on education and children for Senator Bernie Sanders on the Senate Budget Committee, he coauthored the College for All Act of 2021 and helped develop the Education, Child Care, Preschool, and Child Tax Credit provisions in the Build Back Better Act. Additionally, he served as senior policy adviser to Congressman Jamaal Bowman. Goyal is the author of Schools on Trial: How Freedom and Creativity Can Fix Our Educational Malpractice. He has appeared on CNN, Fox, and MSNBC, and written for the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, Time, the Nation, and other publications.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781250850065
ISBN-10: 1250850061
Publisher: Metropolitan Books
Publication Date: August 22nd, 2023
Pages: 320
Language: English