Institute History


Fresh is a twelve-year old boy who lives in Bushwick, Brooklyn. On the surface unremarkable, Fresh is far more complex than he appears. He is the neighborhood "do-anything," a kid who runs heroin for the neighborhood's biggest dealer, and steers crack for the local runners. Whatever pays. He also worries about getting to class on time, and staying in the good graces of his Aunt, with whom he lives together with ten more of his cousins.

Among his many secrets, in his spare time Fresh gets on the train and heads down to Washington Square Park, where he plays speed chess with his father, a near-vagrant chess genius who he is forbidden to see.

As the story progresses random events begin to coalesce into a crushing web, and Fresh instigates 'the ultimate game in order to free himself and survive.

Fresh is a story of survival, and the extraordinary lengths to which one boy goes in order to achieve it


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