Childhood and Other Neighborhoods by Stuart Dybek

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In Stuart Dybek's Chicago, wonder lurks in unexpected places—in garbage-strewn alleys, gloomy basement apartments, abandoned rooms at the top of rickety stairs periodically rumbled by passing el trains. Transformed through the wide eyes of Dybek's adolescent heroes, these grimy urban backwaters become exotic landscapes of fear-filled possibility, of dreams not yet turned to nightmares. Chronicling what happens when Old World faith meets the dark side of the American dream, Dybek's poignant stories of coming of age in Chicago alternately appall, amaze, and just simply entertain.

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Born and raised on the southwest side of Chicago, Stuart Dybek teaches in the writing program at Western Michigan University. He is the author of a short story collection, "The Coast of Chicago," and a book of poetry," Brass Knuckles," as well as the forthcoming fiction, "I Sailed with Magellan," and a new collection of poetry, "Streets in Their Own Ink," His award-winning poetry and fiction have appeared in numerous magazines, including "The New Yorker," "The Atlantic Monthly," "Harper's," "The Iowa Review," "Antaeus," and "Ploughshares,
Published January 7, 1980 by Viking Adult. 201 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference. Fiction

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Stories and sketches, verismo chunks of muscular Chicago reality: boys bringing a dying immigrant grandmother a jar of outlawed duck's blood soup; tales of ragmen; teenage car escapades; adolescent artists-in-bud; the ""basic principle of Catholic education—the Double Reverse: 1) suspect wh...

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