Invisible Child: Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in Nonfiction 2022

Andrea Elliott

Format: Paperback / softback

Publisher: Cornerstone, Ebury Publishing

Published: 27th Jan '22


With compassion and curiosity, [Elliott] uses the story of Dasani to make visible the cycles of poverty, inequity, and resilience that plague families across the United States … This is a remarkable achievement that speaks to the heart and conscience of a nation. – Publishers Weekly

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‘A classic to rank with Orwell . . . I didn’t want it to end’ CHRISTINA PATTERSON, SUNDAY TIMESWinner of the 2022 Pulitzer Prize for NonfictionA Barack Obama Favourite Book of the YearWinner of the 2022 Anthony Lukas Book PrizeWinner of the 2022 Gotham Book PrizeWinner of the 2022 Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in JournalismA New York Times 10 Best Books of 2021A Time Top Three Books of the YearAn Atlantic Top Five Books of the YearFinalist in the 2022 Los Angeles Times Book Prizes’This is non-fiction writing at its best – uncluttered, evocative and well-researched’ GARY YOUNGE’One of the most moving and extraordinary pieces of reportage I’ve ever read’ BEE WILSON’Simply put, this is a masterpiece’ THOMAS HARDING__________________________________Based on nearly a decade of reporting, Invisible Child follows eight dramatic years in the life of Dasani Coates, a child with an imagination as soaring as the skyscrapers near her Brooklyn homeless shelter. Born at the turn of a new century, Dasani is named for the bottled water that comes to symbolise Brooklyn’s gentrification and the shared aspirations of a divided city. As Dasani moves with her family from shelter to shelter, this story traces the passage of Dasani’s ancestors from slavery to the Great Migration north.Dasani comes of age as New York City’s homeless crisis is exploding. In the shadows of this new Gilded Age, Dasani leads her seven siblings through a thicket of problems: hunger, parental drug addiction, violence, housing instability, segregated schools and the constant monitoring of the child-protection system.When, at age thirteen, Dasani enrolls at a boarding school in Pennsylvania, her loyalties are tested like never before. Ultimately, she faces an impossible question: What if leaving poverty means abandoning the family you love?By turns heartbreaking and revelatory, provocative and inspiring, Invisible Child tells an astonishing story about the power of resilience, the importance of family and the cost of inequality.

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Weight 0.607 kg
Dimensions 44 × 135 × 216 mm
Page Count 624