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The Love Prison Made and Unmade

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Narrated by: Robin Miles
Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
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With echoes of Just Mercy and An American Marriage, a remarkable memoir of a woman who falls in love with an incarcerated man - a poignant story of hope and disappointment that lays bare the toll prison takes not only on those behind bars, but on their families and relationships.

Ebony’s parents were high school sweethearts and married young. By the time Ebony was born, the marriage was disintegrating. As a little girl she witnessed her parents’ brutal verbal and physical fights, fueled by her father’s alcoholism. Then her father tried to kill her mother. 

Those experiences drastically affected the way Ebony viewed love and set the pattern for her future romantic relationships. Despite being an educated and strong-minded woman determined not to repeat the mistakes of her parents - she would have a fairytale love - Ebony found herself drawn to bad boys: men who cheated; men who verbally abused her; men who disappointed her. Fed up, she swore to wait for the partner God chose for her.

Then she met Shaka Senghor. Though she felt an intense spiritual connection, Ebony struggled with the idea that this man behind bars for murder could be the good love God had for her. Through letters and visits, she and Shaka fell deeply in love. 

Once Shaka came home, Ebony thought the worst was behind them. But Shaka’s release was the beginning of the end. 

The Love Prison Made and Unmade is heartfelt. It reveals powerful lessons about love, sacrifice, courage, and forgiveness; of living your highest principles and learning not to judge someone by their worst acts. Ultimately, it is a stark reminder of the emotional cost of American justice on human lives - the partners, wives, children, and friends - beyond the prison walls.

©2019 Ebony Roberts (P)2019 HarperAudio

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Beautiful Memoir!

Lovely and heartbreaking story of life, love, and the prison system. Kudos to the author!

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A Fool in Love or Not ?

I enjoyed this story. It was difficult at times because I wanted Ebony to leave him alone yet I understood why she couldn't and wouldn't. I soon began to believe that everything was going to work out. Love will have the most educated and sensible person doing things that make no sense at all. You'll have to find out for yourself if that's the case. I highly recommend this book

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Uncharted Territory

I just completed and enjoyed Ebony Roberts book “The Love Prison Made and Unmade ...” Memoirs are painful to write and I am grateful she shared her story - the fairytale and the sobering reality. For me, Ebony has answered questions. I have followed Shaka and the saga of her connection to Shaka Senghor, a man who spent almost two decades in prison and rose to gain national attention from his memoir NY Times Bestseller “Writing My Wrongs,” appearances on Oprah Winfrey’s programs and his TED talk. I have wanted to know the woman behind the man. Her book “The Love Prison Made and Unmade ...” has clearly answered many of those questions. Secondly, Ebony has tapped uncharted territory. She has opened the door on a topic most never consider, let alone discuss. There are hundreds of thousands of Black men caged. The mass incarceration of our men is, in my opinion, a continuation of slavery. So how do we engage these men who we need as community assets. How are women to love them? Can women love them? Can women trust them? Can they return to society and truly love us? Ebony has opened the door to a much broader discussion. Bravo Sister!