Description Winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction. Winner of the 2017 PEN/Galbraith Award for Nonfiction. Winner of the 2017 National Book Critics Circle Award for General Nonfiction. Arleen spends nearly all her money on rent but is kicked out with her kids in Milwaukee's coldest winter for years. Doreen's home is so filthy her family call it 'the rat hole'. Lamar, a wheelchair-bound ex-soldier, tries to work his way out of debt for his boys. Scott, a nurse turned addict, lives in a gutted-out trailer. This is their world. And this is the twenty-first century: where fewer and fewer people can afford a simple roof over their head.