The Hidden Stories

enchanted

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They’re all around us. In the broken down car that passes our house at 10 o’clock at night. In the eyes of the woman paying for her milk with food stamps. In the shaking hand of an old lady.
But then again, they’re hidden from our eyes. We see only the barest bits of lives lived on the margins, in trailer parks and public housing, in isolated cabins and, most of all, in prisons. The magical world of the prisons, where things acquire different meanings, where bodies become something new, where lives are formed and re-formed in ways those of us on the outside cannot recognize or understand.
Most of us never hear the stories, and even more rarely can we bring ourselves to understand them. These stories get lost in conversations about “crime and punishment,” “state-sanctioned murder,” “prison rape crisis.” The people are just wanderers in a world far, far from our own.
But in this book, we are shown the inside of this enchanted land. We are shown, from the mind of one who has done the unspeakable, what lives are lived behind walls–walls of poverty, walls of abuse, walls of ignorance, walls of prison.

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