Two years later, Jennifer and Ronald met face to face - and forged an unlikely friendship that changed both of their lives. In their own words, Jennifer and Ronald unfold the harrowing details of their tragedy, and challenge our ideas of memory and judgment while demonstrating the profound nature of human grace and the healing power of forgiveness.
©2009 Jennifer Thompson-Cannino and Ronald Cotton; (P)2009 Tantor
"Injustice and redemption are overused words, but this heartfelt joint memoir justifies its subtitle." (Kirkus)
"Touching" (Library Journal)
The story was compelling and they did a good job of building anticipation even though you know the outcome - particularly in the beginning. The writing itself was ok. The female reader was a little too sing-songy but I liked the male reader. It did prompt me to research a little more about it on the internet. I gave it for stars because of the subject matter and how sad yet positive it ends up. I'd have only given it three based on the writing itself.
It would be in my top 10 maybe even my top 5.
When Ronald meets goes to prison
yes, and again.
Heart-wrenching, heart-warming, layered
The description of Ronald Cotton's decision to not use a shiv in prison on an intended enemy. Based on advice from his father.
Richard Allen's voice is mellifluous and entrancing. He does a first-class job of presenting that his character is flawed but innocent and that he retains hos hope and dignity through and unjust system and process.
Karen White makes her character - whom readers could so easily dismiss as an antagonist - a hero in her own right. She helps us to understand how a very "good" person could be the principal agent in assisting something "bad" to happen.
I listened to this book while training for a long-distance walking event and could literally forget about the 100 degree heat and sweltering humidity and walk for 2, 4, even 6 hours entranced in the story.
This book explores very complex issues that arose from a true-life situation that can only be described as a no-win situation for its victims involved. But these people gutted it out and survived to go on and find true happiness and friendship together. I cried in sadness, anger, fear, and ultimately in heartfelt cheer. Who needs fiction when we have such rich and layered true life stories. Stories everybody should hear and know.
This is one of those feel-good stories that cuts across racial and socio-economic boundaries. The story is well-told, though not particularly well-written. The male narration is excellent, you can almost see Cotton's face as his parts of the story are spoken a distinctive "Nor-uth Curolinuh" drawl. Worth buying at the discounted price, but not worth spending a credit on. I'm cheap.
but the writing wasn't engaging, and i found the book relies on the potentially shocking story. i appreciate the sentiment though.
I think what stood out for me was the performances of the two main characters. I thought it was portrayed well and gave a good sense of one event through two (or more) different perspectives. Nice story of forgiveness and redemption.
I liked that each chapter presented the different stories of Jennifer Thompson-Cannino and Ronald Cotton.
Ronald Cotton's sprituality and patience were very attractive. I cheered at each step of his journey to personal freedom.
I liked when Ronald Cotton met Jennifer's children.
While it may have been tense, the scene when Ronald and his new wife first met with Jennifer was a well reported chapter.
It was moving to see Ronald as he learned he was to be set free.
Reconciliation is much needed in today's world. Ronald and Jennifer showed us all the way and that it is possible.
I would not pick another book by this author. The true events that are the basis for this book are shocking and amazing, but the story is poorly written. I should have been scared or shaken at certain points and crying at others. I wasn't. Had this story been told by another author, it could have been a completely different story.
The performances of the readers were good.
Yes, and I think this is a case where the movie would actually be better than the book.
The author should have switched points of view more often so that we could see the two lives more in parallel.
Absolutely. I enjoy non-fiction. This story reminds us of how everyone makes mistakes--even our justice system. This is a great message of forgiveness and healing.
The speech Jennifer gave at the rally at the end of the book.
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