The book follows the lives of two young African-American brothers growing up in a public housing complex in Chicago during the 1980s. The narrative portrays their daily struggles with poverty, violence, and the drug trade, while also highlighting their dreams and hopes for a better future. The book provides an intimate and heartbreaking look at the harsh realities of inner-city life, systemic racism, and the failure of public institutions to support vulnerable communities.
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This book is on the following lists:
- The New York Public Library's Books of the Century (New York Public Library)