An assault and a healing

Working with Available Light: A Family's World after Violence, by Jamie Kalven

Hyde Park, home of the University of Chicago, is an intellectual warren in the midst of poverty-stricken neighborhoods. Those who choose to attend school or work there know that they must balance their concern for personal safety against their wish to take advantage of the community's incredible resources. Photographer Patricia Evans was brutally attacked there one pleasant autumn day in 1988 while out for a run along the lakefront. Fortunately, she was ingenious and plucky enough to distract the man and get away before she sustained lasting physical injury, but emotional damage had been done to her, to her husband, writer Jamie Kalven, and to their two young children. This book is Kalven's sensitive, compassionate and labored effort to document the tragedy and its aftermath.

 

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