The social worker : a novel /

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by Ungar, Michael,
[ 02. English Fiction ] Published by : Pottersfield Press, (Lawrencetown, N.S. :) Physical details: 287 p. ; 22 cm. Subject(s): Canadian fiction. | Social workers --Fiction. Year : 2011 02. English Fiction Item type : 02. English Fiction
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Joey is not your typical social worker. He burns down houses to solve bureaucratic deadlocks, steals to get his clients bigger welfare cheques, and lies if it will help prevent his supervisor from intruding in the lives of his young clients. Joey knows all too well what it feels like to be a client. In and out of foster homes, his father dead, his mother an abusive emotional wreck, Joey puts his talents as a juvenile delinquent to good use, even when he¿s locked up in a secure detention centre. Fortunately for Joey, there¿s one youth worker, a former boxer with his own secrets to hide, who inspires Joey to finish his education. Still the delinquent at heart, Joey sets out to get revenge on the system that he believes failed him and his family. Joey¿s plan for revenge may have worked, except buried in old agency files he learns that his family has many secrets yet untold and that the lives of social workers are more complicated than they seem to the children in their care. The Social Worker is a controversial and provocative story of what it means to reach out to the most vulnerable, set amidst the hidden world of those whose motivations to help can be as difficult to understand as the systems for which they work.