The Short And Tragic Life Of Robert Peace
On Sale: September 23, 2014
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A heartfelt, and riveting biography of the short life of a
talented young African-American man who escapes the slums of
Newark for Yale University only to succumb to the dangers of
the streets—and of one’s own nature—when he returns
When author Jeff Hobbs arrived at Yale
University, he became fast friends with the man who would be
his college roommate for four years, Robert Peace. Robert’s
life was rough from the beginning in the crime-ridden
streets of Newark in the 1980s, with his father in jail and
his mother earning less than $15,000 a year. But Robert was
a brilliant student, and it was supposed to get easier when
he was accepted to Yale, where he studied molecular
biochemistry and biophysics. But it didn’t get easier.
Robert carried with him the difficult dual nature of his
existence, “fronting” in Yale, and at home.
an honest rendering of Robert’s relationships—with his
struggling mother, with his incarcerated father, with his
teachers and friends and fellow drug dealers—The Short
and Tragic Life of Robert Peace encompasses the most
enduring conflicts in America: race, class, drugs,
community, imprisonment, education, family, friendship, and
love. It’s about the collision of two fiercely insular
worlds—the ivy-covered campus of Yale University and Newark,
New Jersey, and the difficulty of going from one to the
other and then back again. It’s about poverty, the
challenges of single motherhood, and the struggle to find
male role models in a community where a man is more likely
to go to prison than to college. It’s about reaching one’s
greatest potential and taking responsibility for your family
no matter the cost. It’s about trying to live a decent life
in America. But most all the story is about the tragic life
of one singular brilliant young man. His end, a violent one,
is heartbreaking and powerful and unforgettable.
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