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LeBlanc's Random Family: Love, Drugs, Trouble, and Coming of Age in the Bronx

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  • Sales Rank:6,157,988
  • Language:English (Published)
  • Media:Hardcover
  • Edition:First Thus/First Printing
  • Pages:408
  • Shipping Weight (lbs):1.2
  • Dimensions (in):8.3 x 5.6 x 1.5
  • Publication Date:2003
  • EAN:8601403024451
  • ASIN:B000MK4PR2


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From Booklist Journalist LeBlanc spent more than 10 years following two Latina women from the Bronx, and in this ambitious work, she tells their stories, beginning in the late 1980s with their young teen years. Older Jessica becomes a mistress to an enormously successful heroin dealer, and Coco falls for Jessica's brother, an aspiring gangster. The two women find love, weather abuse, have babies, endure their own and their partners' prison terms, and struggle with health problems, social systems, motherhood, their own mothers, the violence of their communities, and the uncertain future. LeBlanc's prose is sprawling and dense with cinematic detail--what people wore, ate, drove, listened to; where they lived; what they said--and she studiously removes herself from the story, letting her characters' day-to-day lives unfold in scenes that are both gripping and mundane and, like life, defy easy organization. What emerges is an important, unvarnished portrait of people living in deep urban poverty, beyond the statistics, hip-hop glamour, and stereotypes. Gillian Engberg

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