“Unforgettable” — The New York Times

A masterpiece of real-life storytelling.
— Matthew Desmond, Pulitzer Prize winning author of Evicted.
An American Summer is at turns shocking, heartrending, and deeply moving … This is about the soul of our country.
— Luis Alberto Urrea, author of The House of Broken Angels.
An American Summer is an archive of the war—like finding a shocking but beautiful bundle of letters and photographs in the attic. Except that these dispatches reflect the daily violence that many Americans are experiencing, right now, in too many of our cities. Alex Kotlowitz dispenses with wooden categories of criminal and victim. With his uncommon warmth and sensitivity, he makes us understand that violence doesn’t happen in a moment; it’s a state of affairs.
— Sarah Koenig, creator and host of Serial