THE ADDICT IN THE STREET by

THE ADDICT IN THE STREET

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Although there have been a good many itineraries of addiction, these first person confessional-testimonials, based on transcripts taped by Tefferteller in New York's Henry Street Settlement House, and edited by Larner, are as powerful a fix as any. Here the four walls of the room really close in (""addiction is a kind of cop-out"" and again, it's an ""advanced stage of alienation"") and through these assorted accounts of those who have been on and off the habit, in and out of Riverside and Lexington, you will learn ""how one pushed, how one was sick, how one was running around to look for money"", hiding from cops, getting arrested, struggling- sometimes- to keep clean. You will also learn all about women who hustle (Carmen Sanchez' story is a really lacerating exposure), about men who boost and pilfer; about skinning and snorting and mainlining, about pot which ""keeps you cool"" and heroin ""You get your high faster""-- and of course the real tragedy of the problem with its low rate of cure and high rate of recidivism... The reader hook is considerable-it has a grim, revelatory immediacy.

Publisher: Grove