After reading Ivy Pochoda’s masterful debut novel, it’s clear why Dorchester-born mystery writer Dennis Lehane (“Mystic River”) chose to publish “Visitation Street” under his eponymous imprint.
Pochoda shares Lehane’s unique ability to bring gritty urban streetscapes to life, depicting hardscrabble characters with dignity, even redemption. “Visitation Street” follows a group of characters with limited economic opportunities as they struggle with loss, the instability of their lives, and the everyday challenges of staying safe in a neighborhood where violence lurks around every street corner. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
Chuck Leddy, a freelance writer who lives in Dorchester, can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.