Without a Net: Middle Class and Homeless (with Kids) in America: My Story

Without a Net: Middle Class and Homeless (with Kids) in America: My Story

by Michelle Kennedy


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At twenty-four, Michelle Kennedy was an ex-college student, an ex-U.S. Senate intern, an ex-wife, and an ex-member of the middle class. Faced with an untenable home situation, Michelle and her three small children retreated to the only refuge they had left—the backseat of a Subaru station wagon. Without a Net is one woman's true story of scraping the bottom of the American Dream—sleeping in parking lots, showering at campgrounds, and cooking ramen noodles over a public grill for dinner, all while taking care of three kids and working a full-time job. With humor and honesty, Michelle Kennedy describes how a few bad choices can push even a smart, educated woman and loving mother below the poverty line. And how, using her wits, a little luck, and a lot of courage and determination, she survived disaster to create a new home for her family.

Author Biography: Michelle Kennedy's Salon.com piece about this experience touched a nerve: E- mails and letters poured in from readers who wanted the whole story. Kennedy was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize for her work in Brain, Child magazine. Her work has also appeared in The New York Times and the Christian Science Monitor.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780670033669
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/28/2005
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.76(w) x 8.58(h) x 0.83(d)

About the Author

Michelle Kennedy was nominated for a 2004 Pushcart Prize. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, on Salon.com, and in the Christian Science Monitor.

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