Ghetto Flowers is the story of multi-ethnic inner city youth coming of age in the red brick, row home, asphalt, concrete jungle of South Philadelphia. The narrow streets, homes, and alleys form a complex culturally diverse maze of neighborhoods for kids to utilize every available opportunity to thrive in their struggle to survive. The book is semi-autobiographical, using actual and fictionalized events from the author's life to illustrate the challenges young people face in their attempt to grow beyond cultural circumstances that hinder the discovery and unfolding of their innate potential. Ghetto Flowers is a collection of realistic stories woven into a novel and written so that readers can appreciate and understand the challenge of growing up with unusual educational and cultural influences in what many would consider a world of deprivation. The Ghetto Flowers will amaze you with their ingenious resourcefulness and their insatiable hunger for adventure.
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Francis Oliver Lynn, the author of Ghetto Flowers, artfully brings the reader inside the fascinating and little known world of modern day inner city Irish youth. They are adventurous and courageous and the lessons of life learned in the context of the streets of South Philadelphia make this anthropological gem relevant to people of all ages and all walks of life. I was thoroughly entertained. A great book for teens, young adults, and adults - especially those who grew up in cities or have an interest in learning about this unique world. Suzanne Caimi