A collection of coming-of-age stories that reflect the diversity of the city and its metropolitan area. The book memorably explores culture, social identity, and personal growth through the eyes of Chicagoans, affirming that we each hold the ability to shape the places in which we live and write and read as much as those places shape us.
In mid-fourteenth century Yorkshire, the plague wipes out half the inhabitants of a remote village. Left behind, a twelve-year-old shepherd boy survives a brutal winter and keeps his flock alive. In the years that follow, he struggles to reconnect with life. He tells his story in a sequence of eighty-four sonnets.