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The prisoner's wife : a memoir / Asha Bandele.

Bandele, Asha (Author).
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  • 4 of 4 copies available at Evergreen Indiana.

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Starke Co PL - Schricker Main Library (Knox) 921 BAN (Text) 30032010164991 BIOGRAPHY Available -
Vermillion Co PL - Newport 920 BAN (Text) 77831000035408 Adult Non-Fiction Available -
Westfield Washington PL - Westfield 811.54 Bandele (Text) 78292000147236 Adult Non-Fiction Book Collection Available -
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  • ISBN: 0684850737 :
  • Physical Description: 219 pages ; 22 cm
  • Publisher: New York : Scribner, [1999]

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Citation/References Note:
Bklst 05/15/1999
LJ 05/15/1999
PW 03/29/1999
Kirkus 04/01/1999
Subject: Bandele, Asha > Marriage.
Prisoners' spouses > United States > Biography.
Married people > United States > Biography.
African American women poets > Biography.
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  • Baker & Taylor
    In a moving memoir, a young African-American poet describes how she fell in love with and married a man serving a prison sentence for murder and explores the redemptive and healing power of love in even the ugliest of circumstances. 25,000 first printing.
  • Baker & Taylor
    In this memoir, a young African-American poet describes how she fell in love with and married a man serving a prison sentence for murder and explores the redemptive and healing power of love
  • Blackwell North Amer
    How did a beautiful, talented college student fall in love with a man serving twenty to life for murder? And why did she marry him? At a time when one in four black men are caught in the web of the criminal justice system, asha bandele shatters the myths of prisoners' wives and tells a story of embracing the beauty of love in the ugliest circumstances and of people's ability to change, to do better, to grow.
    Whether she is describing her restricted but romantic courtship with Rashid - when letters were like dates, like "whispers on the slow, blue-light dance floor" - or riding the bus upstate with the other wives and girlfriends, asha bandele creates haunting images and reflections so powerful and unique that they beg to be reread and savored. At the same time that she recalls the extreme ups and downs that accompany a relationship constantly scrutinized by guards and surveillance cameras, she confronts her own dark secrets and sadness. The love of a man with an ugly past but a firm belief in redemption is what heals her broken spirit and grants her the courage and confidence to embrace life again.
  • Simon and Schuster
    How did a beautiful, talented college student fall in love with a man serving twenty to life for murder? And why did she marry him? At a time when one in four black men are caught in the web of the criminal justice system, asha bandele shatters the myths of prisoners' wives and tells a story of embracing the beauty of love in the ugliest circumstances and of people's ability to change, to do better, to grow. Whether she is describing her restricted but romantic courtship with Rashid -- when letters were like dates, like "whispers on the slow, blue-light dance floor" -- or riding the bus upstate with the other wives and girlfriends, asha bandele creates haunting images and reflections so powerful and unique that they beg to be reread and savored. At the same time that she recalls the extreme ups and downs that accompany a relationship constantly scrutinized by guards and surveillance cameras, she confronts her own dark secrets and sadness. The love of a man with an ugly past but a firm belief in redemption is what heals her broken spirit and grants her the courage and confidence to embrace life again. This is a love story extraordinary in its circumstances but universal in its message. With unblinking honesty, asha bandele writes about the tenuous balance of power upon which most relationships rest, the deep needs that bring two people together, the jealousy and insecurity that can drive them apart. But most of all, The Prisoner's Wife reminds us why we love -- what we give up for it and what we receive from it. An immensely gifted poet whom the Bay Guardian has called "an essential new voice in African-American literature," asha bandele has written a remarkably candid book that resonates with poetic language and abundant insight.

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