A Hope in the Unseen: An American Odyssey from the Inner City to the Ivy League

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9780767901260: A Hope in the Unseen: An American Odyssey from the Inner City to the Ivy League

It is 1993, and Cedric Jennings is a bright and ferociously determined honor student at Ballou, a high school in one of Washington D.C.’s most dangerous neighborhoods, where the dropout rate is well into double digits and just 80 students out of more than 1,350 boast an average of B or better. At Ballou, Cedric has almost no friends. He eats lunch in a classroom most days, plowing through the extra work he has asked for, knowing that he’s really competing with kids from other, harder schools. Cedric Jennings’s driving ambition–which is fully supported by his forceful mother–is to attend a top-flight college.

In September 1995, after years of near superhuman dedication, he realizes that ambition when he begins as a freshman at Brown University. In this updated edition, A Hope in the Unseen chronicles Cedric’s odyssey during his last two years of high school, follows him through his difficult first year at Brown, and now tells the story of his subsequent successes in college and the world of work.

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Ron Suskind won the Pulitzer Prize for feature writing in 1995 for his stories on Cedric Jennings, a talented black teenager struggling to succeed in one of the worst public high schools in Washington, D.C. Suskind has expanded those features into a full-length nonfiction narrative, following Jennings beyond his high-school graduation to Brown University, and in the tradition of Leon Dash's Rosa Lee and Alex Kotlowitz's There Are No Children Here, delivers a compelling story on the struggles of inner-city life in modern America. While it appears to have a happy ending (with Jennings earning a B average in his sophomore year), A Hope in the Unseen is not without a few caveats (at times, Jennings feels profoundly alienated from his white peers). Trite as it may sound to say, this book teaches a lesson about the virtue of perseverance, and it's definitely worth reading. --John J. Miller

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Advance praise for A Hope in the Unseen:

"This beautiful, poignant, hopeful book tells the story of an incredible young man and what it's like to grow up in a world that is completely alien to some Americans, but is tragically all too familiar to too many children."
--Marian Wright Edelman, President of The Children's Defense Fund

"From the opening scene, A Hope in the Unseen upended all my preconceptions about life in the inner city and the Ivy League. It is by turns funny, poignant, and suspenseful, at the same time inspiring and sobering. [I]t ranks among the best nonfiction books I have read."
--James B. Stewart, author of Den of Thieves and Blood Sport

"Ron Suskind takes us on an unforgettable, peculiarly American journey--a journey which exposes the fault lines of race and class, and yet gives one reason for hope."
--Alex Kotlowitz, author of There Are No Children Here and The Other Side of the River

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