Visiting Life: Good, Middle-Class, Honor Society Girls Don't Get Involved with Men in Prison... Do They?

Visiting Life: Good, Middle-Class, Honor Society Girls Don't Get Involved with Men in Prison... Do They?

by Bridget Kinsella

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When a friend who taught creative writing at a maximum-security prison asked Bridget Kinsella to read the work of one of his best students, she readily agreed. As a publishing professional, Kinsella was used to getting manuscripts from all sorts of sources. Who knows? she told herself. Maybe I can help this talented inmate get his work published. She had no idea that her correspondence with a convicted murderer serving life without parole would lead to a relationship that would change her life forever. Why in the world would anyone get involved with a prison inmate?In this beautifully written, brutally honest memoir, Kinsella shares how she stumbled into a relationship with a lifer and became part of a sorority she never thought she’d join. Over the course of three years, she spends time with and ultimately befriends the wives, girlfriends, and mothers of some inmates at Pelican Bay. On this unexpected journey, she learns of the hurdles, heartbreaks, and hopes they have for their relationships as she experiences a connection with someone who helps heal her own wounds.As the United States continues to incarcerate convicted criminals for increasingly long periods of time, our prison rolls swell to unprecedented levels—more than two million today—as does the number of women and children whose lives are thrown into limbo and who live for their next “visiting time.” Through the lens of her own unlikely experience, Kinsella examines those impacted by crime and punishment with keen observation, candor, and compassion.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781849822350
Publisher: MP Publishing Ltd
Publication date: 05/14/2013
Edition description: Second Edition
Pages: 270
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Bridget Kinsella is the former book news editor at Publishers Weekly. Her work has appeared in publications such as the Chicago Tribune and Writer’s Digest, and on NPR and She lives in Northern California.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Just Visiting 11

Chapter 2 Ruth 33

Chapter 3 The Getaway Girl 57

Chapter 4 Hurricanes and Earthquakes 99

Chapter 5 Nancy 121

Chapter 6 Gettin' My Forty On 143

Chapter 7 Angels and Demons 165

Chapter 8 Kara 181

Chapter 9 Caged Dreams 203

Chapter 10 Naomi 227

Chapter 11 Mothers Day 249

Chapter 12 Thirty-nine Days 275

Epilogue 289

Acknowledgments 293

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