Sometimes, to find the truth in a situation you need to sleep with rats. Literally. In 1994, author and journalist Adrian Nicole LeBlanc did just that, spending the night in a sweltering, rat-infested Bronx apartment, while working on her book, Random Family: Love, Drugs, Trouble, and Coming of Age in the Bronx (a book, by the way, that I have recommended to just about anyone who will listen to me). Over the span of 10 years, beginning in the late 1980s, LeBlanc was an observer, and sometimes participant, in the lives of two young Puerto Rican women, Jessica and Coco. During that period of time, the girls had a combined eight children by six fathers and tried to maintain relationships with boyfriends in jail. Jessica herself served time on drug-related charges missing out on most of her oldest daughter's childhood.
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