American Dream: Three Women, Ten Kids, and a Nation's Drive to End Welfare

American Dream: Three Women, Ten Kids, and a Nation's Drive to End Welfare
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In this definitive work, two-time Pulitzer finalist Jason DeParle cuts between the mean streets of Milwaukee and the corridors of Washington to produce a masterpiece of literary journalism. At the heart of the story are three cousins whose different lives follow similar trajectories. Leaving welfare, Angie puts her heart in her work. Jewell bets on an imprisoned man. Opal guards a tragic secret that threatens her kids and her life. DeParle traces their family history back six generations to slavery and weaves poor people, politicians, reformers, and rogues into a spellbinding epic. With a vivid sense of humanity, DeParle demonstrates that although we live in a country where anyone can make it, generation after generation some families donít. To read American Dream is to understand why.

Paperback: 432 pages Publisher: Penguin Books; Reprint edition (August 30, 2005) Language: English ISBN-10: 0143034375 ISBN-13: 978-0143034377 Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.9 x 8.4 inches Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces