Sleepaway School: Stories from a Boy's Life


reviewed by Jeffrey L. Lewis - 2006

coverTitle: Sleepaway School: Stories from a Boy's Life
Author(s): Lee Stringer
Publisher: Seven Stories Press, New York
ISBN: 1583224785, Pages: 227, Year: 2004
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In many ways, Lee Stringer’s memoir Sleepaway School is about what it means to be an African American child living in the contradictory space that often exists between African Americans and whites. With evocative detail, Stringer crafts a nuanced story about the ambiguity of living between survival and resistance—a struggle as common to today’s poor urban African American as it was for Black children in the days of his childhood in the 1950s and 1960s. Through Stringer’s eyes, we discover what it means to live on the edge of white imagination and ignorance, and to be at the mercy of it. However, Stringer’s story is also about the creative potential of this space, and how we can occasionally transform it from a space of hostility and ignorance, to one of friendship and understanding. Sleepaway School primarily takes place at Hawthorne Cedar Knolls, a school for troubled children in a largely white... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 108 Number 1, 2006, p. 36-39
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11897, Date Accessed: 11/14/2019 8:52:11 AM

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