Street Home: The Virginia Beach Chronicles
are hard. Being homeless is hard. Combine the two and it's something
nightmares can flourish in. In Home Street Home, the people you
meet are in homeless situations that exist - and while vacationers
are spending hundreds a day on leisure. I admit, I don't know
how to begin to stop the homeless situation, but safety nets,
do not seem to be available to too many of us.
is volume one (of three). Here, you meet Ella. She will unwillingly
break your heart, while her story unfolds. Ella is an older woman
who never quite took care of herself (financially). She left that
to her husband...
Then when circumstances make it immediate and she needs to she
discovers a few relatively small missteps send her to the world
of the homeless; at 60. Ella is old school and you are sure to
find her both frustrating and lovable. You squirm as you read,
inevitably living on the streets start to change her.
is true-life drama that will grab you by the throat, shake you
for a good long spell, and then release you to take a gasping
breath and look around you, down-sizing, or plod-to-work-a-day
sorrows be, and just be ever so thankful that, perhaps, you can
still afford to buy a weekly Starbucks coffee without worry.
the author introduces equally fascinating. They are well rounded
and drawn out for the reader quite remarkably. And make no mistake,
you are privy to people behaving badly in a bad situation, angelic
though how can they keep their humanity, and a few that you don't
understand how they even want to be together in a off kilter love
affair; though being alone on the streets may seem worse than
in a mentally (or physically) abusive relationship - reading from
a warm bed and roofed cottage, one can not judge.
knows her subjects - they are so real. And this is a part of America
too often not talked about. And these people "live"
in a rich tourist section of the beachfront.
may want to throw the book a few times, as you read how manipulated
the woman is. But then she gives it right back. It's like Taylor
and Burton without any money and they fell into a Tennessee Williams
play - that's not a play at all ...but their everyday.
Saunders can write. Her characters are stay-with-you strong. You'll
want all three books; this is the first volume of three. Each
opens up a vivid-if-terriying window into America's sad under