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Author: Matthew Desmond Narrator: Dion Graham Publisher: Random House Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2016 ISBN: 9780147526793
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WINNER OF THE 2017 PULITZER PRIZE GENERAL NON-FICTION  From Harvard sociologist and MacArthur "Genius" Matthew Desmond, a landmark work of scholarship and reportage that will forever change the way we look at poverty in America   In this brilliant, heartbreaking book, Matthew Desmond takes us into the poorest neighborhoods of Milwaukee to tell the story of eight families on the edge. Arleen is a single mother trying to raise her two sons on the $20 a month she has left after paying for their rundown apartment. Scott is a gentle nurse consumed by a heroin addiction. Lamar, a man with no legs and a neighborhood full of boys to look after, tries to work his way out of debt. Vanetta participates in a botched stickup after her hours are cut. All are spending almost everything they have on rent, and all have fallen behind. The fates of these families are in the hands of two landlords: Sherrena Tarver, a former schoolteacher turned inner-city entrepreneur, and Tobin Charney, who runs one of the worst trailer parks in Milwaukee. They loathe some of their tenants and are fond of others, but as Sherrena puts it, “Love don’t pay the bills.” She moves to evict Arleen and her boys a few days before Christmas. Even in the most desolate areas of American cities, evictions used to be rare. But today, most poor renting families are spending more than half of their income on housing, and eviction has become ordinary, especially for single mothers. In vivid, intimate prose, Desmond provides a ground-level view of one of the most urgent issues facing America today. As we see families forced  into shelters, squalid apartments, or more dangerous neighborhoods, we bear witness to the human cost of America’s vast inequality—and to people’s determination and intelligence in the face of hardship. Based on years of embedded fieldwork and painstakingly gathered data, this masterful book transforms our understanding of extreme poverty and economic exploitation while providing fresh ideas for solving a devastating, uniquely American problem. Its unforgettable scenes of hope and loss remind us of the centrality of home, without which nothing else is possible. NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER | WINNER OF THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FOR NONFICTION WINNER OF THE PEN/JOHN KENNETH GALBRAITH AWARD FOR NONFICTION | WINNER OF THE ANDREW CARNEGIE MEDAL FOR EXCELLENCE IN NONFICTION | FINALIST FOR THE LOS ANGELES TIMES BOOK PRIZE NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR by The New York Times Book Review • The Boston Globe •  The Washington Post  NPR • Entertainment Weekly • The New Yorker • Bloomberg •  Esquire • Buzzfeed • Fortune • San Francisco Chronicle • Milwaukee Journal Sentinel • St. Louis Post-Dispatch •  Politico •  The Week • Bookpage • Kirkus Reviews •  Amazon •  Barnes and Noble Review •  Apple •  Library Journal • Chicago Public Library • Publishers Weekly • Booklist • Shelf Awareness Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Tells a complex, achingly powerful story…Exquisitely crafted, meticulously researched.”

    Boston Globe

  • “Reveals how broken low-income housing policy can make it difficult for people to escape the ravages of poverty.”

    Huffington Post

  • “Gripping and important.”

    New York Review of Books

  • “A vivid, if sometimes grueling, read.”

    Independent (London)

  • “Gripping storytelling and meticulous research undergird this outstanding ethnographic study…Desmond identifies affordable housing as a leading social justice issue of our time and offers concrete solutions to the crisis.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “[Desmond] does a marvelous job telling these harrowing stories of people who find themselves in bad situations, shining a light on how eviction sets people up to fail…This is essential reading.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “I listened to Evicted practically straight through without stopping…[and] Dion Graham’s amazing narration was definitely part of what made it so compelling. He’s…a champion in my book.”

    BookRiot (audio review)

  • “Narrator Dion Graham brings to life the struggles, frustration, and tragedies of the impoverished…Graham solemnly narrates Desmond’s prose and breathes life into the different people presented throughout the book…Graham executes a balancing act of tone and emphasis that shifts among legalese, Desmond’s observations, eclectic speaking styles, and the oppressive nature of the topic itself.”


  • Finalist for the 2016  New England Book Award
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A 2016 Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year
  • Finalist for the 2016 Kirkus Prize
  • A Kirkus Reviews Pick of Best Nonfiction of 2016
  • Winner of the 2017 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction
  • A 2017 Selection for the ALA Listen List for Outstanding Audiobook Narration
  • Winner of the 2016 National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction
  • A New York Times Book Review Book of the Year
  • A Washington Post Best Book of 2016
  • A Boston Globe Best Books of the Year Selection
  • Huffington Post Pick of Books to Help You Understand America
  • Robert F. Kennedy Book Award Winner
  • Winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Nonfiction
  • A Barack Obama Reading List Pick
  • A London Guardian Pick
  • A Time Magazine Top 10 Book of the Decade in Nonfiction

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About the Author

Matthew Desmond is the John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Social Sciences at Harvard University and codirector of the Justice and Poverty Project. A former member of the Harvard Society of Fellows, he is the author of several books, inclding the award-winning On the Fireline, coauthor of two books on race, and editor of a collection of studies on severe deprivation in America. His work has been supported by the Ford, Russell Sage, and National Science Foundations, and his writing has appeared in the New York Times and Chicago Tribune. In 2015, he was awarded a MacArthur “Genius” grant.

About the Narrator

Dion Graham is an award-winning narrator named a “Golden Voice” by AudioFile magazine. He has been a recipient of the prestigious Audie Award numerous times, as well as Earphones Awards, the Publishers Weekly Listen Up Awards, IBPA Ben Franklin Awards, and the ALA Odyssey Award. He was nominated in 2015 for a Voice Arts Award for Outstanding Narration. He is also a critically acclaimed actor who he has performed on Broadway, off Broadway, internationally, in films, and in several hit television series. He is a graduate of Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts, with an MFA degree in acting.