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Without a Net: Middle Class and Homeless (with Kids) in America
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Michelle Kennedy had a typical middle class American childhood in Vermont. She attended college, interned in the U.S. Senate, married her high school sweetheart and settled in the suburbs of D.C. But the comfortable life she was building quickly fell apart. At age twenty-four Michelle was suddenly single, homeless, and living out of a car with her three small children. She waitressed night shifts while her kids slept out in the diner's parking lot. She saved her tips in the glove compartment, and set aside a few quarters every week for truck stop showers for her and the kids.
With startling humor and honesty, Kennedy describes the frustration of never having enough money for a security deposit on an apartment—but having too much to qualify for public assistance. Without A Net is a story of hope. Michelle Kennedy survives on her wits, a little luck, and a lot of courage. And in the end, she triumphs.
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"Michelle Kennedy grew up in a typical middle-class family. She left her Vermont home to begin college at American University in Washington, D.C., and interned as a U.S. Senate page. She had a boyfriend, Tom, whom she adored and soon married; they moved into a starter apartment in the burbs and everything seemed to be falling into place. But the life Michelle was building suddenly unraveled, and by age twenty-four, she found herself single, homeless, and living out of a car with her three small children.Michelle Kennedy's true story, Without a Net, is about what happens when the American Dream bottoms out. It's about improvising - a lot: inventing cover stories for bosses and co-workers, cooking ramen noodles over a grill in a public park. Working back-breaking shifts while your kids sleep in the parking lot. Never having enough money for a security deposit on an apartment - but too much to qualify for public assistance.Michelle Kennedy recounts how a few bad choices and missed chances pushed her below the poverty line and into a different life than she'd ever imagined. She shares each unvarnished detail of how, using her wits, a little luck, and a lot of courage, she survived disaster and, finally, triumphed."--BOOK JACKET.
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