Without a Net by Michelle Kennedy
Middle Class and Homeless (with Kids) in America: My Story

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Michelle Kennedy had a typical middle class American childhood in Vermont. She attended college, interned in the U.S. Senate, married her high school sweetheart and settled in the suburbs of D.C. But the comfortable life she was building quickly fell apart. At age twenty-four Michelle was suddenly single, homeless, and living out of a car with her three small children. She waitressed night shifts while her kids slept out in the diner's parking lot. She saved her tips in the glove compartment, and set aside a few quarters every week for truck stop showers for her and the kids.

With startling humor and honesty, Kennedy describes the frustration of never having enough money for a security deposit on an apartment—but having too much to qualify for public assistance. Without A Net is a story of hope. Michelle Kennedy survives on her wits, a little luck, and a lot of courage. And in the end, she triumphs.


About Michelle Kennedy

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Michelle Kennedy was nominated for a 2004 Pushcart Prize. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, on Salon.com, and in the Christian Science Monitor.
Published January 31, 2006 by Penguin Books. 224 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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The friends she made, the babysitting help her coworkers gave her, an affair and a new job also enter into her story, but the heart of this account is the author’s love for her children and her determination to keep her family safe, sound, and together.

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n the summer of 2001, Michelle Kennedy published an essay on Salon.com detailing her life as a waitress in a Maine tourist town, raising three children under 6, while living out of her Subaru station wagon.

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At 24, Kennedy left her unemployed husband and took off with their three small children to a coastal Maine town where she planned to make a better life.

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