Centered around the Bronx heroin trade in the 1990's, Adrian Nicole LeBlanc's anthropological story, Random Family uncovered a number of compelling characters in poverty through LeBlanc's 11 years spent with her subjects. Released in 2003, the book is a crucial telling for any of those hoping to understand the gritty, real-life mechanics of living in the ghetto, and now, on the book's 10-year anniversary, the New Yorker sat down with LeBlanc herself to recall the difficult and time-consuming process of relaying such an uncompromising tale. LeBlanc touches on anything from crime to death to teen pregnancy and sexuality in her recollection of the work and further enriches her already indispensable text. Check out the interview on the New Yorker's website.
Read the New Yorker's Retrospective Interview With Adrian Nicole LeBlanc