Daisies in the Junkyard

Michael Enright

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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.

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This is some bullshit.
That’s what Carlos thought. There he was. Just going home from Morales’ house, walking down the alley. The green Ford turned the corner behind the liquor store on Eighty-ninth. It came flying down the alley. Right away, he could tell it was trouble. There was a girl driving, and she was driving all crazy. This is some bullshit. That’s what he thought when the car passed up him and Tony. Then they came back. Backing up the alley all crazy. Carlos and Tony already knew there was a problem when the car passed them and came back.

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"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

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About the Author

Michael Enright

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.

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Daisies in the Junkyard
Michael Enright

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Tom Doherty Associates
Forge Books
May 2002
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ISBN: 9781429973519
ISBN10: 142997351X
240 pages
$7.99
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