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The Fruit of All My Grief

Nonfiction: Politics
Unabridged   11 hour(s)
Publication date: 10/15/2019

The Fruit of All My Grief

Lives in the Shadows of the American Dream

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Audio CD ISBN:9781684574537
Digital Download ISBN:9781684574520


Real-life stories of Americans living on the edge of survival, outside the bright lights of the media.

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Real-life stories of Americans living on the edge of survival, outside the bright lights of the media.

Award-winning journalist J. Malcolm Garcia's essays highlight the struggle, survival, and endurance of average people affected by the injustices of America's remorseless mammoth institutions and public indifference. They include families and small businesses still recovering from the BP Oil Spill; the man sentenced to life in prison for transporting drugs to save his son's life; the widows of soldiers who died, not in war, but from toxic fumes they were exposed to at their bases overseas; and the Iraqi interpreter who was promised American asylum, only to arrive and be forced to live in poverty. The soaring narratives told in The Fruit of All My Grief let us feel the fears, hopes, and outrage of those living in the shadows of the "American Dream."


"Studs Terkel Prize–winning journalist Garcia (The Khaarijee) tells 11 stories about people harmed by corporations, judges, and governments, with deep empathy and incredible attention. . . Garcia respectfully presents the realities his subjects are facing from their own perspectives, and he has a gift for polishing the story of a life until its heart shines through. This humane, urgent work will move readers." —Publishers Weekly Starred Review

"Garcia demonstrates his strong reporting skills and empathetic writing in this collection. . . Compassionate, memorable tales from a journalist who understands the significance of revealing the inner lives of marginalized individuals." —Kirkus Reviews

Author Bio

J. Malcolm Garcia is the author of The Khaarijee, What Wars Leave Behind, Without a Country, and Riding through Katrina with the Red Baron's Ghost. Garcia is a recipient of the Studs Terkel Prize for writing about the working classes and the Sigma Delta Chi Award for excellence in journalism.