About How Long Will I Cry?: Voices of Youth Violence:
In 2011 and 2012, while more than 900 people were being murdered in Chicago, creative-writing students from DePaul University fanned out all over the city to interview people whose lives have been changed by the bloodshed. The result is this extraordinary and eye-opening work of oral history.
Told by real people in their own words, the stories in How Long Will I Cry? are at turns harrowing, heartbreaking and full of hope.
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What the media is saying:
“A stunning, stay-with-you-forever new book [that will] alter the ways in which you think. I guarantee that after you read this book, the next murder that screams across the headlines and television news will affect you more deeply than ever before. … How Long Will I Cry?: Voices of Youth Violence now joins my Best Books I’ve Ever Read List.”
– Rick Kogan, noted journalist, author and WGN radio personality
“Outstanding. ... An incredibly rich and compelling examination.”
– Dawn Turner Trice, Chicago Tribune
“A very powerful book about the realities of crime on the streets of Chicago. ... [The stories] went a whole lot deeper than the headlines and what we were able to do on the news.”
– Darlene Hill, Fox 32 TV Chicago
“A stunning array of stories. The book exudes raw honesty. … It doesn't deliver easy answers, but it humanizes rage and violence. … This is where hope starts.”
– Robert Koehler, syndicated columnist
"Transforms the shattering statistics of youth violence into intimately human experiences. … This is a book everyone should read."
– Donna Seaman, Booklist Online
“Standing out among the buzz of new fall books … is one very significant project: How Long Will I Cry?”
– Naomi Huffman, New City (Chicago)
“How Long Will I Cry? is a huge success for Big Shoulders Books.”
– Aimee Levitt, Chicago Reader Online
“Requests have been coming in from all over the country from inner-city after-school programs, libraries, high schools and even police departments.”
– Paul Biasco, DNAinfo Chicago
About Big Shoulders Books:
Big Shoulders Books is an innovative new publishing entity at DePaul University. We aim to produce one book each year that engages intimately with the Chicago community and, in the process, gives graduate students in DePaul University’s Master of Arts in Writing and Publishing program hands-on, practical experience in book publishing. The goal of Big Shoulders Books is to disseminate, free of charge, quality anthologies of writing by and about Chicagoans whose voices might not otherwise be shared. How Long Will I Cry? is our first book.
For more information—or to order books—visit our web site: bigshouldersbooks dot com