I am really excited to be a part of the Blog Tour for At the Edge of the Haight by Katherine Seligman. I received a copy for honest review from the publisher. Thanks so much to Algonquin Books and Katherine Seligman for letting me be a part of this tour.
Author: Katherine Seligman
Published by: Algonquin Books
Released: January 19, 2021
Source: Review Copy provided by Publisher
Synopsis: The Winner of the 2019 PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction
Maddy Donaldo, homeless at twenty, has made a family of sorts in the dangerous spaces of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. She knows whom to trust, where to eat, when to move locations, and how to take care of her dog. It’s the only home she has. When she unwittingly witnesses the murder of a young homeless boy and is seen by the perpetrator, her relatively stable life is upended. Suddenly, everyone from the police to the dead boys’ parents want to talk to Maddy about what she saw. As adults pressure her to give up her secrets and reunite with her own family before she meets a similar fate, Maddy must decide whether she wants to stay lost or be found. Against the backdrop of a radically changing San Francisco, a city which embraces a booming tech economy while struggling to maintain its culture of tolerance, At the Edge of the Haight follows the lives of those who depend on makeshift homes and communities. (Synopsis from Goodreads)
My Thoughts: This was a really powerful and thought provoking book, and I'm glad I got to read it. It really brings attention to a segment of the population that tend to be ignored, we'd rather look away then confront the problem of homelessness. I think this book gives a solid first glance into some of those problems. It doesn't go as hard as it could, but it introduces the topic to new and younger eyes.
I also appreciated how it focused on San Francisco's problem with homelessness. San Francisco is one of the most expensive places to live (or so I've heard) and it's sad that so much wealth can be right alongside so much need. The San Francisco of yesteryear is not the San Francisco that exists today.
I liked how those bigger themes were thrown in to At the Edge of Haight. How it gives a glimpse of the problems while also focusing on the story of Maddy Donaldo, who witnesses a murder and is in danger because of it. Maddy is homeless which means her safety is not guaranteed. I definitely enjoyed the story.
I think this was a pretty good book. It brings some light to problems we have in our current world while also telling a thrilling tale. I'd recommend this easily.
Katherine Seligman is a journalist and author who lives in San Francisco. She has been a writer at the San Francisco Chronicle Magazine, a reporter at the San Francisco Examiner and a correspondent at USA Today. Her work has appeared in Redbook, Life, Money, California Magazine, the anthology Fresh Takes and elsewhere.
Thank you for checking out my Blog Tour Stop for At the Edge of Haight by Katherine Seligman. Thanks so much to Algonquin Books and Katherine Seligman for letting me be a part of the tour and giving me the chance to read this book.