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Redemption: A Story of Sisterhood, Survival, and Finding Freedom behind Barsby Stacey Lannert
Synopses & Reviews
When I decided to look, I found more love and compassion than I ever imagined existed. Most significantly, I found forgiveness. I might even call it redemption.
On July 4, 1990, eighteen-year-old Stacey Lannert shot and killed her father, who had been sexually abusing her since she was eight. Missouri state law, a disbelieving prosecutor, and Stacey's own fragile psyche conspired againsther: She was found guilty of first-degree murder and sentenced to life without parole.
Redemption is Stacey's candid memoir of her harrowingchildhood and the pain and protective love of her sister that led her to that horrifying night. It is also an extraordinary portrait of what happened after she found herself in prison and how she grew determined to livepositively, even triumphantly, despite her circumstances. Ultimately, and most profoundly, she learned the healing power of forgiveness.
After spending as many years inprison as she had out of it, on January 10, 2009, outgoing Missouri governor Matt Blunt commuted Stacey's life sentence. Six days later she walked out of the gates a freewoman.
Redemption is the story of how Stacey learned to be free while living behind bars. It is a coming-of-age story set in a parallel universe of amaximum-security prison. And, it is a story of sisterhood, courage, and justice finally served.
From the Hardcover edition.
Sentenced to life in prison after shooting her father, who had been sexually abusing her since she was eight, Lannert candidly writes of how she grew determined to live positively, even triumphantly, despite her circumstances, and how she learned to be free while living behind bars.
About the Author
STACEY LANNERT was born in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1972. In 1992 she was convicted of murder in the first degree and sentenced to life in prison. On January 10, 2009, she was commuted and released. She is currently living and working in St. Louis, where she trains dogs, teaches, and has founded Healing Sisters (http://healingsisters.org), a resource website and nonprofit agency that raises awareness about sexual abuse and helps women support one another.
KRISTEN KEMP is a longtime writer for Glamour, Self, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, and many other publications. She and her husband are raising three children in the suburbs of New York City, where she has founded a parenting website called Barista Kids (http://kids.baristanet.com). She has written several books and is the editor of the Healing Sisters blog.
Table of Contents
Second chance — In the beginning — Happy baby — A new baby — Davenport, Iowa — Becoming a tiger — The first cracks — Photo album — Kansas City — Apples in Alhambra — The real Alhambra — Grandpa Paulson's influence — A death in the family — Moody and blue — Buttercup — Scarred — On deck — Adding it up — Miss Peanut — Busted — What was killing me — Last laugh — Passing out — Another terrifying scene — Christmas Eve — Mae — Christy — Hot and cold — Sex pain and love — Miles away — Life in Guam — Unhappy birthday — Pushed — The Fourth of July — The scene of a crime — Sealing my fate — A different kind of gumbo — Alone — Learning about courage — Freeing Christy — My trial — A new life — Sabrina — Jennifer — Who has the power? — The munchies — Windows — Chilli — Tanya — A caged bird — Roberta — Vandalia — Reaching out — Going public — Pressing — Puppy love — Another goodbye — Nancy Grace — Yes or no — Another kind of freedom — Fruit salad — Men — Facing freedom — Bonds — Little things.
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