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The Prisoner's Wife: A Memoir

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ISBN13: 9780684850733
ISBN10: 0684850737
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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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asha bandele is the author of a book of poetry Absence in the Palms of My Hands and writes for Honey magazine. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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shanita_sheppard, February 14, 2007 (view all comments by shanita_sheppard)
This book was really an encouragement and an inspiration to me. I am a 21yr old college student in Houston, Texas that has been in love with a man in prison for as long as I can remember. We met 10 years ago in the "free world" and he has been gone 8 yrs. He just has 2 1/2 left, so it will all be over soon. Yeah, I know I was young, but like asha bandele, what started out as a platonic relationship developed over time into a current engagement. We plan to marry sometime this year. I will be finished with my degree next December, I have no children, young, black, strong, and standing by MY MAN! What God has for me is for me and I can't control who I love despite what family and friends feel is best for me. I will not give up on my "Shaad".
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780684850733
Author:
Bandele, Asha
Publisher:
Scribner
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
People of Color
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Afro-American women
Subject:
Afro-american authors
Subject:
Married women
Subject:
Married people
Subject:
Poets, American
Subject:
Women poets, American
Subject:
Afro-American women poets -- Biography.
Subject:
Prisoners' spouses
Subject:
African American women poets
Subject:
General Biography
Copyright:
Publication Date:
19990504
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8.4375 x 5.5 in 14.496 oz

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