Life on the Streets

Author Dean Dimitrieskiís ďTears for My CityĒ Tells the Story of His Upbringing in Detroitís Most Dangerous Neighborhood in the 1970s

Once in a while, a book comes along that moves its readers and stays with them long after they have turned the last page.  Dean Dimitrieskiís Tears for My City: An Autobiography of a Detroit White Boy is just such a book.  It is the powerful true story of a Macedonian boy whose family moves into Detroitís most dangerous neighborhood when gang violence was at its peak in the 1970s.

The story is the juxtaposition of his familyís American Dream and the grim reality that they found in Detroit.  Young Dean encounters intense peer pressure and adversity; he is faced with gang violence, drug lords, crime, and a crack house next door.

He must continually resist the recruitment efforts of the Young Boys Incorporated gang as he attempts to fit in and make friends in his new city.  After Dean becomes a witness to a brutal murder, he is forced to choose between doing what is right and protecting himself and his family. 

Dimitrieski depicts the details of his adolescence with such realism and vivid detail that it gives the sense that they are witnessing it firsthand.  Dimitrieskiís tale of the rough streets of Detroit is one that is absolutely unforgettable, keeping readers hooked from cover to cover.  His memoir tells the story of his unique journey, giving readers a unique perspective on what life is like on the streets of Detroit.