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An Innocent in the House of the Dead Paperback – October 11, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1599483184 ISBN-10: 1599483181

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 91 pages
  • Publisher: Main Street Rag (October 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599483181
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599483184
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,740,083 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Joanna Catherine Scott (1943--) was born in England during an air raid over London, raised in Australia by a rabidly religious mother and a phlegmatic engineer father, married way too young, divorced, fell in love again and came with her American husband to live in the US where, aside from a couple of years in the Philippines, she has lived below the Mason Dixon line ever since. Her five novels and oral history collection have all been based on true life stories, giving voice to the voiceless. Her poetry tells stories too. She has six children, three Australian and three adopted Korean, as well as a young man whom she met while he was on death row whom she regards as her seventh child. A Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow, she is a graduate of Adelaide and Duke Universities and lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Her website is www.joannacatherinescott.com.

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By Glenn Cassidy on April 1, 2013
Format: Paperback
This is a collection of poems about death row, written by Joanna Catherine Scott along with death row inmate
John Lee Conaway. The poems explore the stories of people on death row, the people who visit them, the victims of the violence inflicted, and the workings of the criminal justice system. At the time the book was written, Conaway was appealing his conviction, and proceeds from the book go to his defense fund. There is an honest and forceful emotional power to these poems. I recommend the book and I also recommend listening to Scott read these poems if ever you get a chance to attend one of her readings. I first heard her read these poems at a festival in Raleigh, and a room of 100 people went dead silent while she read, almost as though they had stopped breathing.
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