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Before being torn down in 2007, the Stateway Gardens public housing projects on Chicago’s South Side were ridden with deprivation and crime. But for some, like Tracy, the shy, intelligent young boy at the center of this enthralling collection of linked stories, they are simply home. Set in the mid-1980s and taking readers up to the point of the destruction of the infamous ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published January 2020 by Random House
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Paige
All of the stories revolve around or are somehow related to Tracy and Jacob, two brothers growing up in the Stateway Gardens.
Tracey and his older brother, Jacob, know nothing other than growing up in Chicago’s building project the Stateway Gardens. Surrounded by crime and poverty, Tracy holds on tight to his dreams of a bright future. While some see the building as a symbol of failure, Tracy remembers it as his only home.

Initially, the stories were hard to get into it. I had a hard time reading
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Kasa Cotugno
These linked stories bring the reader right into the lives of the inhabitants of a housing project located in the South Side, a housing project built with lofty expectations, post WWII, in which many who experienced the Great Migration attempted to set up futures. As the inevitable happened, drugs and gang warfare, the apartments were eventually razed. The stories are well told, varied in approach, and Jasmon Drain who has apparently lived most if not all his life on the South Side, breathes ...more
Anneke
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Book Review: Stateway’s Garden: Stories
Author: Jasmon Drain
Publisher: Random House
Publication Date: January 21, 2020
Review Date: January 16, 2020

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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“Before being torn down in 2007, the Stateway Gardens public housing projects on Chicago’s South Side were ridden with deprivation and crime. But for some, like Tracy, the shy, intelligent young boy at the center of this enthralling collection of linked
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Katy
Jan 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
A wonderful, interconnected short story collection set in the projects on Chicago's South Side.
Sayo
Nov 15, 2019 rated it liked it
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A life told in a series of short stories, seen through the eyes of residents of Stateway Gardens. A public housing project situated adjacentto the expressway in South Side Chicago.

I don't know how I feel about this book.

There were times when I felt extremelyin touch with a character and then a few pages later I would feel completely detached.I felt as though I never really got to know any of them and it made it difficult to see the world through their eyes.

This may be the format of the book. It
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Elizabeth Campbell
Nov 29, 2019 rated it liked it
thank you to Random House and Goodreads Giveaways for this ARC. definitely not the kind of book i'd usually pick up, i found the episodic style made it really hard for me to get into this one. ultimately i had to push myself to keep reading it, not because i didn't like it but because i found it boring. each chapter is a separate story that is linked to all the others but there was no sense of a "story" about this book for me.
Marian P
Feb 04, 2020 rated it liked it
Jasmon Drain’s debut work Stateway’s Gardens is a compilation of short stories bound by linked characters, Tracy and his older brother Jacob who reside with their mother in the housing project known as the Stateway’s Garden located in Southside Chicago. The stories depict the hardscrabble life of Tracy who is introduced in the first story, “BB Sauce,” as on the only day he is asked to accompany his mother to her job at a store/BBQ joint in Westside Chicago. The stories provide vivid accounts of ...more
Sarah
Wow. This is one of those subtle short story collections with beautiful writing that really sneaks up on you and makes you think. On the surface, it's a collection loosely connected by place--Stateway Gardens--the projects on the south side of Chicago by the White Sox Stadium. I don't remember driving by these when they were still standing, though I must have since I know that stretch of the Dan Ryan well. These stories also are mostly about two brothers (and the girls in their lives), and it's ...more
Lori Mitchell Myers
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Not a book I would normally pick out to read, I was offered a free copy for my book club to read and discuss.
So glad I was given the opportunity!
Aida Alberto
Jan 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Engrossing. It's a well written collection of stories that will keep you happily turning the pages. Happy reading! #StatewaysGarden #NetGalley
Jamie Faust
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My favorite book that I've read this year
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