Synopses & Reviews
In this powerful and inspiring true story, Tina S. tells of four years living in the train tunnels beneath Grand Central Station amidst the homeless and the drug addicted. What began as an adventure quickly turns into a nightmare as she describes daily life in a netherworld most people don't even know exists. With heartbreaking honesty Tina chronicles her descent into crack addition, her several arrests and jail terms, and her overwhelming grief and guilt over the death of April, her best friend and fellow runaway.
Finally faced with the reality that she might not make it through one more day, Tina begins the long struggle back to the world of the living. This is an unforgettable story of one young's woman's indomitable will to survive.
"A shocking and sometimes mordantly funny narrative of struggle and survival . . . Tina's directness and honesty with hold readers tight."-Publishers Weekly
"Right off the bat this had everything I enjoy in a book; immediacy; honest; poignancy and, most importantly, an author not afraid to reveal herself. Tina S.'s words unveil a human story more than a homeless story. One which-unless is ice water in your veins-will crawl inside you and rouse those things inside which we have all made an industry of lulling into sleep."-Lee Stringer, author of Grand Central Winter
'Tina's chilling tale of survival tells not only of the young lives lost to the underground, but also of a teenager's struggle to reemerge in our world. Her courage and strength are an inspiration."-Jennifer Toth, author The Mole People: Life in the Tunnels Beneath New York City
"A journey between darkness and light, life in the tunnels and repeated rehabs, Living at the Edge of the World is a powerful look at a teenager's struggles with homelessness and drug addiction. Tina S. survives because others, among them Jamie Pastor Bolnick, refuse to let her self-destruct."-Margaret Morton, author of The Tunnel: The Underground Homeless of New York City
"The book is written with chilling detail, and the story is told with candor and, at times, humor. It holds you spellbound."-New York Post
"Richly detailed, fast-paced, and moving coming-of-age tale."-Library Journal
When Tina met April, a teenage runaway, she found her best friend. Fleeing her dysfunctional family, she joined April in the tunnels of Grand Central Station, living amidst the homeless and drug addicted. Soon she was bingeing on crack, scamming, and panhandling to support her habit and survive. Tina tells the story of her daily life, her friends, her arrests and jail terms, and her grief and guilt when April commits suicide just after her nineteenth birthday. Finally faced with the reality that she might not make it through one more day, Tina takes her first difficult steps back.
About the Author
currently works as a supervisor at Ready, Willing & Able, an organization that teaches job skills to the homeless. She lives in Brooklyn.
Jamie Pastor Bolnick is the author of Winnie: My Life in the Institution, which was made into an NBC-TV movie. Her work has also appeared in magazines and newspapers, including Redbook and Newsday. She lives in New York City with her family.