Synopses & Reviews
The acclaimed author of There Are No Children Here
takes us into the heart of Chicago by introducing us to some of the citys most interesting, if not always celebrated, people.
Chicago is one of Americas most iconic, historic, and fascinating cities, as well as a major travel destination. For Alex Kotlowitz, an accidental Chicagoan, it is the perfect perch from which to peer into Americas heart. Its a place, as one historian has said, of “messy vitalities,” a stew of contradictions: coarse yet gentle, idealistic yet restrained, grappling with its promise, alternately sure and unsure of itself.
Chicago, like America, is a kind of refuge for outsiders. Its probably why Alex Kotlowitz found comfort there. Hes drawn to people on the outside who are trying to clean up—or at least make sense of—the mess on the inside. Perspective doesnt come easy if youre standing in the center. As with There Are No Children Here, Never a City So Real is not so much a tour of a place as a chronicle of its soul, its lifeblood. It is a tour of the people of Chicago, who have been the authors guides into this citys—and in a broader sense, this countrys—heart.
For Kotlowitz, Chicago is the perfect perch from which to peer into America's heart. This is not so much a tour of a place as a tour of its people, a chronicle of its soul and lifeblood.
About the Author
ALEX KOTLOWITZ is the author of The Other Side of the River and There Are No Children Here, which was selected as one of the 150 most important books of the century by the New York Public Library. He lives in Chicago.