Those collected here are disturbing and horrific. They reveal, often in graphic detail, the worst kind of abuse: incest, drug addiction, spousal violence, parental neglect, or incompetence. They're also testimony to what social workers and health care professionals have confirmed for years--that those who populate our prisons are often victims first themselves. Thus, the telling of these stories serves as a form of therapy. They are also sad accounts of the brutalities many suffer, yet few discuss: "One day I figured out a dying little girl lived inside of me, so I threw her a lifeline in the form of paper and pen." Considering the degradation the contributors have experienced both in and outside prison, the courage, candor, and honesty with which they speak truly make these stories, as difficult as they are to read, "victories against voicelessness--miracles in print." --Silvana Tropea --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Wally Lamb never disappoints. This collection reveals the motives and lives of women in prison, and it also shines a light on Lamb himself.Published 9 days ago by Madeleine
Author Wally Lamb teaches writing at a women's prison in Connecticut. This book is a sampler of these womens' writing. It is fascinating. Read morePublished 1 month ago by "Ali"
I read this book when it was first published. I still finding myself thinking about it. What a sad book.Published 2 months ago by KimL
In this case, 5 stars doesn't exactly mean I loved this book. It is a powerfully compelling compilation of women's stories about rape, incest, and injustice that are not for the... Read morePublished 3 months ago by HalKid2
I have read and enjoyed many of his books. My first read being "The Hour I First Believed". The stories told from these wonderful souls locked away at York's Women's Prison... Read morePublished 5 months ago by stacey kearns