Daisies in the Junkyard
By Michael Enright
(Forge Books, Hardcover, 9780765301444, 240pp.)
Publication Date: May 2002
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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From a priest who was in the trenches comes the heart-wrenching story of two kids on the mean streets of Chicago's South Side
South Chicago gives you lots of reasons to join a gang. Like, if you say no, they beat you up, follow your little sister home from school, and torch your house. Pretty soon, wearing your tattoo and colors, you learn what gangland means: Kill or be killed. Maybe both.
All Tony and Carlos want to do is leave the ghetto and go to college. But now the gangs have targeted them. Now, Tony and Carlos must take desperate measures to safeguard their futures and families from gangland's vengeance.
Richly textured, poignantly detailed, in a voice of raw authenticity, Daisies in the Junkyard is the story of the Mexican-American community struggling to maintain its culture and integrity against a backdrop of urban warfare.
Father Michael Enright was born in 1958 and grew up in suburban Chicago. He has been a priest for fifteen years and has been working in the Hispanic community for nineteen years. He has published various articles about religious subjects. Daisies in the Junkyard is his first novel.
"This vivid and passionate story of the short lives and early deaths of young men caught in the crossfire of drug gangs in the barrio of Chicago is a brilliant blend of tragedy and the faith which transcends tragedy." --Andrew M. Greeley, New York Times bestselling author
"Honors the richness of the Mexican-American culture . . . a diamond in the rough." --Chicago Sun-Times