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The Truly Needy And Other Stories (Paperback)

Historical Fiction

Imprint: University of Pittsburgh Press
Series: Drue Heinz Literature Prize
Pages: 216
ISBN: 9780822957812
Published: 7th March 2002
Casemate UK Academic

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These nine stories are teeming with people on the margins, where destitute New Yorkers and determined immigrants are as much at the mercy of social services, media attention, opportunistic politicians, and \u0022quality-of-life\u0022 campaigns as they are prey to grinding poverty, dangerous streets, and their own haunting memories. Delving into Lucy Honig's fiction, one is willingly drawn into an intimacy with these resilient, but flawed characters—among them, a woman who cleans a beauty salon, a high school kid who\u2019s lost a parent, a runaway Cambodian bride, an actress, and a homeless woman. Crossing paths, these difficult characters often misunderstand and sometimes demean each other, yet they also redeem and rescue one other in odd and unexpected ways. In The Truly Needy, Lucy Honig has created a heartbreaking, imaginative world that is the American urban landscape.

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