Evicted

by

Matthew Desmond

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Patrice Hinkston Character Analysis

Patrice is a 24-year-old mother of three and the daughter of Doreen. At the beginning of the book she and her kids live in the unit above Lamar, although after she is evicted she moves back in with her mother and siblings, who live in the same building. Patrice eventually decides to move to Brownsville, Tennessee with her family. Having secured decent housing there, she earns her GED and plans to become a parole officer.

Patrice Hinkston Quotes in Evicted

The Evicted quotes below are all either spoken by Patrice Hinkston or refer to Patrice Hinkston. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Broadway Books edition of Evicted published in 2016.
Chapter 6 Quotes

Poor families were often compelled to accept substandard housing in the harried aftermath of eviction. Milwaukee renters whose previous move was involuntary were almost 25 percent more likely to experience long-term housing problems than other low-income renters.

Related Characters: Doreen Hinkston (speaker), Patrice Hinkston (speaker), Sherenna Tarver
Page Number: 69
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Patrice Hinkston Character Timeline in Evicted

The timeline below shows where the character Patrice Hinkston appears in Evicted. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1: The Business of Owning the City
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...arrives in front of Lamar’s home and sees Lamar being pushed in his wheelchair by Patrice, whom Sherenna is also evicting today. Lamar is 51 and Patrice is 24, and lives... (full context)
Chapter 2: Making Rent
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Having been served an eviction notice, Patrice moves back downstairs to live with her mother and siblings. Lamar offers to do up... (full context)
Chapter 6: Rat Hole
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Patrice’s mother Doreen has four children and three grandchildren. After Patrice is evicted, she moves back... (full context)
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...in the same five-bedroom house for seven years. The rent was $800 a month. Neither Patrice nor Doreen finished high school, and Patrice’s sister Natasha was working 12-hour shifts by the... (full context)
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...When the police arrived, they tore through Doreen’s apartment looking for guns and drugs. When Patrice got impatient with the officers, they called Child Protection Services, who called the Department of... (full context)
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...meet “basic habitability requirements” as long as they let tenants know about any problems. When Patrice complained about problems in her old unit, Sherenna gradually fixed some of them, but eventually... (full context)
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...their rights, but they also know they can’t afford to act on them. Doreen and Patrice, for example, know that calling a building inspector would ultimately backfire on them.  (full context)
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...apartment, and starts looking for her own place. Doreen wants to move to Tennessee, and Patrice likes the idea, but Natasha wants to keep her baby near Malik, who has been... (full context)
Chapter 8: Christmas in Room 400
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...women. Sherenna has had eight eviction cases this month, but only one tenant showed up. Patrice went to work instead of court, worried she would lose her job if she didn’t.... (full context)
Chapter 10: Hypes for Hire
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After Lamar and the boys fixed up Patrice’s old apartment, Sherenna declared it a “motherfucking shitty-ass job.” Lamar begged her to allow him... (full context)
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...Lamar lends her his hot plate, telling her to come back for dinner that night. Patrice’s son CJ, Luke and Eddy’s friends, and Lamar’s girlfriend come over. Everyone smokes weed and... (full context)
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...property repair with Chris, Quentin checks on his Uncle Verne who has been doing up Patrice’s old apartment. Quentin isn’t fully satisfied with the job, but offers Verne $70 anyway. Verne... (full context)
Chapter 11: The ‘Hood is Good
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Doreen and Patrice try to figure out what to do about the eviction notice. They are struggling to... (full context)
Chapter 21: Bigheaded Boy
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...apartment are breaking, but she has given up hope on calling Sherenna. Sherenna still insists Patrice owes her $2400, which Patrice believes is impossible. The dilapidated state of the Hinkstons’ home... (full context)
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Doreen’s kids often hang out at the public library to escape their apartment. Patrice has noticed that all members of the family feel stuck in a rut, and “no... (full context)
Epilogue: Home and Hope
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...sober today. The Hinkstons, meanwhile, found a pleasant three-bedroom in Brownsville, Tennessee, and once there Patrice earned her GED and was named “Adult Learner of the Year.” She hopes to become... (full context)