The Truly Needy and Other Stories

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These nine stories are teeming with people on the margins, where destitute New Yorkers and determined immigrants are as much at the mercy of social services, media attention, opportunistic politicians, and "quality-of-life" campaigns as they are prey to grinding poverty, dangerous streets, and their own haunting memories: Delving into Lucy Honig's fiction, one is willingly drawn into an intimacy with these resilient, but flawed characters - among them, a woman who cleans a beauty salon, a high school kid who's lost a parent, a runaway Cambodian bride, an actress, and a homeless woman.

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Lucy Honig has taught in the graduate program in International Health at Boston University's School of Public Health.

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The bagman . . . was just about to strike a match when he looked over at the kid. . . . I saw it happen. The bagman was spooked by the kid. The kid must have been his boogeyman. . . . And the bagman was furious. His cheeks puffed up with the fury, his eyes got wide and glassy. . . . It was a personal insult, the kid sitting there. . . . The bagman got up . . . and let loose with a stream of obscenities. . . . The kid came back to earth just enough to hear the bagman cursing him and be shocked. Hurt even. He didn't see the spooking going on. A few people smiled sympathetically. . . . Most of them pretended they didn't hear or see a thing. . . . Once in a car that wasn't very full, I realized a guy kept looking at me, but not like someone would look you over to attack or rob you. This guy was stealing looks, as if he didn't really want to but had to keep an eye on me. And then it hit me like a brick: I was his boogeyman. At the next stop, I changed cars. This boogeyman business is the worst. --from "No friends, all strangers"

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