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From The CriticsWhen the angry and confused Stephen, the younger of poet and professor Digges' two teenage sons, falls in with street kids, her sense of fear and failure causes her to begin shadowing him after dark. Against her will, she finds herself admiring his ability "to navigate the night." Digges' misplaced admiration does serve a purpose: It puts the reader on instant notice that her memoir is an unusual take on the familiar story of troubled adolescence. Not an advocate of tough love, Digges instead invites gang members to her home where, surrounded by a haze of cigarette smoke and loud rap music, she caters to them, just so she can keep an eye on her son. An unorthodox therapist who encourages parent and child to throw knives at a target in his office signals the turning point of the book: Stephen eventually straightens up, graduates from school and begins work as a photographer. Short on concrete detail and long on poetic speculation, Digges' style and nonlinear structure encumber the memoir.