When a Heart Turns Rock Solid The Lives of Three Puerto Rican Brothers on and off the Streets

ISBN-10: 0307377741

ISBN-13: 9780307377746

Edition: 2009

Authors: Timothy Black

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A provocative and compelling study of how jobs, schools, and prison shaped the lives and choices of a generation of Puerto Rican youth at the turn of the twenty-first century. At the center of this riveting bookbased on an unprecedented eighteen-year studyare three engaging, streetwise brothers from Springfield, Massachusetts: Fausto, incarcerated for seven years and in and out of drug treatment, an insightful and sensitive street warrior playing on the edges of self-destruction; Julio, the family patriarch, a former gang member turned truck driver, fiercely loyal to his brothers, family, and friends; and Sammy, a street maven, father of four, straddling two realmsthe everyday world of low-wage work and the allure of the drug economyas he shuttles between recovery and relapse. Timothy Black spent years with the brothers and their parents, wives and girlfriends, extended family, coworkers, criminal partners, friends, teachers, lawyers, and case workers. He closely observed the drug trade in Springfield, as well as street life; schools and GED programs; courtrooms, prisons, and treatment programs; and the young men's struggle for employment both on- and off-the-books. The brothers, articulate and determined, speak for themselves, providing powerful testimony to the exigencies of life lived on the social and economic margins. The result is a singularly detailed and empathetic portrait of men who are often regarded with fear or simply rendered invisible by society. With profound lessons regarding the intersection of social forces and individual choices, Black succeeds in putting a human face on some of the most important public policy issues of our time.
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List price: $34.00
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 8/4/2009
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 464
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.75" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.716
Language: English

List of People in the Book
Social Marginalization
"I am a J�baro, but I Get My Hair Cut in the City"
The Lost Generation
Bilingual Education and the School Dropout
The Tail of the Drug Trade
The Block
Leaving the Streets
Living Through the Urban Drug War
The Prison Pipeline
Rebel Without a Cause
When a Heart Turns Rock Solid
Good and Bad
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