Couldn't Keep It to Myself: Testimonies from Our Imprisoned Sisters
Couldn't Keep It to Myself Testimonies from Our Imprisoned Sisters Author:Wally Lamb In a stunning work of insight and hope, New York Times bestselling author Wally Lamb once again reveals his unmatched talent for finding humanity in the lost and lonely and celebrates the transforming power of the written word. For several years, Lamb has taught writing to a group of women prisoners at York Correctional Institution in Con... more »necticut. In this unforgettable collection, the women of York describe in their own words how they were imprisoned by abuse, rejection, and their own self-destructive impulses long before they entered the criminal justice system. Yet these are powerful stories of hope and healing, told by writers who have left victimhood behind. In his moving introduction, Lamb describes the incredible journey of expression and self-awareness the women took through their writing and shares how they challenged him as a teacher and as a fellow author. Couldn't Keep It to Myself is a true testament to the process of finding oneself and working toward a better day.« less
Fascinating writing by the women of York Correctional Institution. Wally Lamb, who gave us She's Come Undone did a fine job of gathering these essays written by the women in the prinson while they worked through a writing program offered to them.
This was a completely different read from the author. Obviously he was who put the stories together, but the women were the storytellers. A very interesting approach on a collection. It shows that there is hope for those incarcerated, some just need to find the right spark.
I read this book because I love Wally Lamb but it is different in that it's nonfiction instead of fiction. There are stories told from several different women imprisoned for an extended period of time. It's not as voyeristic as I might have liked as I probably wanted to know more about the actual crimes these women committed but it's interesting all the same. These women wrote as part of the healing process and so they picked a poignent time in their life, a time they felt was significant. Wally Lamb didn't write it, more like collected stories.