Evicted

“I think that we value fairness in this country. We value equal opportunity. Without a stable home, those ideals really fall apart.” - Matthew Desmond, author of Evicted

Evicted

Matthew Desmond

Penguin Random House, $11.55

In Evicted, sociologist Matthew Desmond follows the lives of individuals and families struggling with poverty in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The book displays both sides of the real estate system, tenants and landlords. Desmond engulfs the reader into the daily obstacles and different situations through deep felt imagery and descriptions. What makes the book more than just a compilation of stories is the way in which Desmond implements the statistics and facts as if it was a written documentary. Looking at Lamar and how he does work for his landlord, Quentin in order to make up for his inability to pay the rent, creates a rawness to the experience but also makes the reader wonder about the illegal practices at hand. The reader is conflicted in identifying the morality of the issue at hand when the landlord has the power to evict the tenant but both seem to be caught up in a structurally unjust system.

Evicted