Grand Central Winter, Expanded Second Edition: Stories from the Street
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Date: February 2014
Duration: 7 hours 2 minutes
In the underground tunnels below Grand Central Terminal, Lee Stringer—homeless and drug-addicted for eleven years—found a pencil to run through his crack pipe. One day he used it to write. Soon writing became a habit that won out over drugs, and before long Stringer had created one of the most powerful urban memoirs of our time.
With humane wisdom and a biting wit, Stringer chronicles the unraveling of his seemingly secure existence as a marketing executive and his odyssey of survival on the streets of New York. Whether he is portraying “God’s corner,” as he calls 42nd Street, or his friend Suzi, a hooker and “past-due tourist” whose infant he sometimes babysits, whether he recounts taking shelter underneath Grand Central by night and collecting cans by day or making a living hawking Street News on the subway, Lee Stringer conveys the vitality and complexity of a down-and-out life.
Rich with small acts of kindness, humor, and even heroism amid violence and desperation, Grand Central Winter offers a touching portrait of our shared humanity.
“Stringer knows full well that freedom begins between the ears. It is the discovery of this freedom that liberates the heart.”—Colum McCann, National Book Award winner