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Doing Time Outside Paperback – July 31, 2013
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The characters are complex and multi-dimensional, and their actions were often surprising rather than predictable. Living near the area where the novel is set they seemed like people I might know. The author rendered her characters with compassion and endeared them to me as she probed their predicament, and she had me rooting for them as they sought a way forward, individually and as a family.
Howard's title refers to the fact that for every person doing time inside, there's a whole network of souls doing the same time on the other side of the walls. In the case of troubled young Rudy Morletti, his mother Carla still sees him as her beautiful baby and will always find a way to manufacture bail money out of the disability check that never in the best of times comes close to covering her own extremely basic needs. Rudy's sister Tess is left to hold the cold fury of wishing the man could finally step up and take responsibility, and to hold the huge weight of the unlikelihood he ever will, once, even a little.
I don't know how this novel will land on you, but it left me having to fight my way out of it, tell myself this is not my life. I get to go to work today and not wait for the prison phone collect robot call. Rudy can't drag me down. The way a dream can be hard to shake off all day, even though none of it actually happened to you, this novel can be really difficult to pull yourself out of, even though you can pay your heat bill, your son isn't in this pain.Read more ›
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Ginnah Howard's books continue to reach into the depths of our personal feelings by carrying us on journeys via the daily, often routine, even mundane efforts we make to get... Read morePublished on March 10, 2014 by Veronica B. Wadsworth
"Doing Time Outside" brings to life a family doing the best they can when one member is drug addicted, in prison, and desperate for help. Read morePublished on October 13, 2013 by patricia
I was absolutely enthralled with Doing Time Outside. Ginnah Howard's characters live in my neighborhood, my personal life; at times their domains are also mine. Read morePublished on October 11, 2013 by Sandra D
This book is an easy but heart rending read. Ginnah Howard has put her soul into writing this story which is a follow-on to her "Night Navigation". Read morePublished on September 30, 2013 by Art lover
I wasn't sure how this book could pull me in given that I have no experience with incarceration - however, bit by bit, I was drawn into the lives of these characters and really... Read morePublished on September 25, 2013 by Laura Matson Hahn
Ginnah Howard's Doing Time Outside combines unforgettable characters, down-to-earth dialog and unvarnished reality. You can almost hear the breathing. Read morePublished on September 24, 2013 by James B. Hoy
In Doing Time Outside Ginnah Howard recalibrates time, capturing ones loved inside and out with arresting detail and dialogue.
A wonderful follow up to Night Navigation.
Another must read by Ginnah Howard that if you haven't already been there will pull you into the world of mental illness, addiction, prison, and ultimately hope. Read morePublished on September 23, 2013 by Kay
Ginnah Howard has once again produced a novel that gives the reader a realistic look at what it takes to persevere in the world of hard knocks. Read morePublished on September 23, 2013 by Marci