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Come The Morning 
 
  
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Paperback 
191 pages 
Wayne State University Press 
Published 2005 
  
Book Description 
  
This novel for young readers, told by a thirteen-year-old boy, is the story of a working-class American family plunged into homelessness.  
  
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Ben and his family find themselves living among the poor and homeless when they leave El Paso for Los Angeles to look for Ben's father. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.  
  
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Published in 1989 to wide acclaim, Come the Morning was one of the first novels for older children to treat the problem of homelessness realistically. Fifteen years later, with unemployment and poverty on the rise again and homeless families haunting the streets of all our major cities, the book remains as sobering and timely as it was in the late 1980s. &newlone; Come the Morning tells the story of the Gibsons, a working-class family from El Paso, Texas, who are struggling to survive the desertion of their father. When Constance Gibson receives a money order postmarked Los Angeles from her husband Clyde, she and her oldest child, thirteen-year-old Ben, interpret it as an invitation to join Clyde in the city of dreams. Once in Los Angeles, the Gibsons encounter one ordeal after another, eventually moving them our of a frightening welfare hotel and onto the menacing streets of skid row. Throughout their harrowing struggle, Ben clings desperately to the belief that they will find Clyde, restore their family, and rebuild their lives. While Ben searches for his father, his mother tries valiantly to find them food and shelter.  
  
Stark and sparsely written, this novel is a moving account of a young man forced to measure memory and love against reason and reality. It is at once an illuminating look at the surreal lives of America’s homeless and a tribute to the strength of faith and family. The new edition of this prize-winning novel is enriched with twenty striking photographs by Marissa Roth and a new afterword and commentary by the author.  
  
About the Author 
  
Mark Jonathan Harris is a professor in the School of Cinema-Television at the University of Southern California. He is the author of many books, including Solay (Bradbury, 1993), Confessions of a Prime Time Kid (Lothrop, Lee & Shepard, 1981), and The Last Run (Lothrop, Lee & Shepard, 1981). Also a film director, he has won three Academy Awards for his documentaries, most recently in 2000 for Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport.
 
  
 
  

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