"This is a wonderful book. It is not
like any other novel you will read. I would say it is the literary equivalent
of a fly on the wall documentary, a sort of reality literature, where empathy
is achieved not through some trick or twist or melodrama but through
painstaking attention to detail and brutal honesty.
It works very subtly, never giving you quite what you expect. It is through the
wealth of detail and stories, the slow build up of characters and the terse
truthful descriptions that it achieves its ends. It gradually seeped into my
consciousness and I put the book down with a greater empathy and regard for the
problem of homelessness.
The author is careful to avoid any preaching - he deliberately withholds any
overt commentary until near the end, never telling you what to think and his
prose style is perfectly suited to the subject matter. The main character is
your self effacing gentle eye into the world of the homeless, and thus I was
able to see these men and women not as 'the other', but as me if something were
to go wrong in my life. I was moved by their struggles with their demons but
also the struggles of the outreach workers, shelter staff, nurses, doctors etc, as they are trying to help them."
Henry Shawdon. Goodread's Review