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The Corner: A Year in the Life of an Inner-City Neighborhood
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Broadway Books
Publication date October 1, 1997
Pages 543
Binding Hardcover
Edition 1
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780767900300
ISBN-10 0767900308
Dimensions 2 by 6.50 by 10 in.
Weight 2 lbs.
Availability§ Out of Print
Original list price $27.50
§As reported by publisher
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Summary
The author of the best-selling Homicide, which inspired the television program, and a former police detective chronicle the experiences of a broken family to illustrate life in Baltimore's drug-racked inner-city. 50,000 first printing. $50,000 ad/promo. Tour. (view table of contents)
Amazon.com description: Product Description: West Baltimore, Fayette and Monroe: the corner. On this forgotten intersection, the American dream has crumbled to a nightmare. Here, the full price of the drug culture is being paid--yet, surprisingly, it can also be a place of hope, caring, and love.

This extraordinary book tells the searing true story of one year in the life of an inner-city neighborhood.

Written by David Simon, the award-winning author of Homicide, and Edward Burns, a former police detective, it follows a handful of people who must struggle mightily just to survive--let alone escape--the drug market that fuels their world. At the center of the narrative is fifteen-year-old DeAndre McCullough. DeAndre's parents, Gary and Fran, were once poised, against all odds, to pull themselves up and out of West Baltimore. But when they themselves stumble and then succumb to the corner's temptations, DeAndre's future hangs in the balance. Smart and streetwise, he is both drawn to and wary of the drug trade that flourishes beyond his rowhouse steps. Can he rise above his parents' addiction, or will he, too, become a casualty of the corner?

In telling the story of DeAndre and his broken family, Simon and Burns open up the complex world of the corner and its unforgettable characters. It's a place of predators and their prey, of slingers and touts, of stickup boys and shooting gallery nurses, of ambivalent police, helpless users, and innocent bystanders. But it is also, incredibly, a place of fragile hope. Fat Curt, an aging drug tout, remembers the corner as a kinder place, and tries to protect his customers from weak or dangerous product. R.C., a troubled teenager, finds refuge from his chaotic life within the basketball court's magic boundaries. Ella, a longtime resident, runs the recreation center for the corner's children, shielding them as best she can from what lies outside the playground's chain-link fence. Amid so much desperation, decency still flickers, poignantly, across the corner's blasted landscape.

More vividly than any recent book, The Corner captures an America of which many of us are only dimly aware. Through the prism of just one desolate crossroads, Simon and Burns offer chilling assessments of why law enforcement policies, moral crusades, and the welfare system have done so little for our inner cities. Deeply moving and unflinchingly real, The Corner will forever alter our view of the so-called war on drugs, even as it compels us to look deep into the hearts and minds of all those who live in America's abandoned places.

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1 edition from Broadway Books (October 1, 1997)
9780767900300 | details & prices | 543 pages | 6.50 × 10.00 × 2.00 in. | 2.00 lbs | List price $27.50
About: Traces a year in the lives of two drug-addicted adults and their teenage son in Baltimore's inner city
With Helmut Sauter, Klaus Imig, Volker Hornung | from Broadway Books (May 1, 1997)
9780553067187 | details & prices | List price $27.50
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About: Traces a year in the lives of two drug-addicted adults and their teenage son in Baltimore's inner city

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