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A Hope in the Unseen: An American Odyssey from the Inner City to the Ivy Leagueby Ron Suskind
Synopses & Reviews
It is 1993, and Cedric Jennings is a bright and ferociously determined honor student at Ballou, a high school in one of Washington D.C.’s most dangerous neighborhoods, where the dropout rate is well into double digits and just 80 students out of more than 1,350 boast an average of B or better. At Ballou, Cedric has almost no friends. He eats lunch in a classroom most days, plowing through the extra work he has asked for, knowing that he’s really competing with kids from other, harder schools. Cedric Jennings’s driving ambition–which is fully supported by his forceful mother–is to attend a top-flight college.
In September 1995, after years of near superhuman dedication, he realizes that ambition when he begins as a freshman at Brown University. In this updated edition, A Hope in the Unseen chronicles Cedric’s odyssey during his last two years of high school, follows him through his difficult first year at Brown, and now tells the story of his subsequent successes in college and the world of work.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
Based on his Pulitzer Prize-winning articles in The Wall Street Journal, the author follows a determined black youngster from a violent school in Washington, D.C., to the bewildering world of the Ivy League. Reprint. $25,000 ad/promo. Tour.
About the Author
Ron Suskind is a staff writer for the Wall Street Journal. In 1995, he won the Pulitzer Prize in Feature Writing for a two-part series about the high-school years of Cedric Jennings. Suskind and his family live in Washington, D.C.
Table of Contents
Something to push against — Don't let them hurt your children — Rise and shine — Skin deep — To him who endureth — Pretender — Good-bye to yesterday — Fierce intimacies — Bill payers on parade — Bursting heart — Back home — Let the colors run — Place up ahead — Meeting the man.
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