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Through this story Sheehan charts a terrifying legacy of institutional abuse and neglect, and paints a haunting portrait of children growing up without childhood. Sheehan's protagonist is Crystal Taylor, the fourteen-year-old daughter of a heroin addict. While following Crystal's haphazard movement from institution to institution, and tracing the parallel journeys of her mother and her child, Life for Me Ain't Been No Crystal Stair offers searing accounts of poverty, addiction, and abuse--and poses inescapable questions about our society's commitment to its children.
"Told in an assertive, direct, journalistic style...The horrific impact of poverty on the lives of urban young people finds almost perfect expression."--San Francisco Chronicle