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For fifteen years, Jerome Gold worked as a rehabilitation counselor in a prison for juveniles in Washington state. Throughout his time there, he kept a journal of his experiences with youths who had been incarcerated for murder, kidnap, assault, rape and other sex offenses, auto theft, burglary, and selling drugs. What started as a journal designed to relieve stress turned into the evocation of one man's nuanced perspective on a unique group of young people.

Paranoia and Heartbreak tells Gold's personal story of coming to terms with people who have crossed over to the other side of their own humanity. Writing from ample experience and with unflinching compassion, Gold brings the reader to see these "deviants" — and through them, in some slanted way, our whole society — with an unexpected intensity.

Jerome Gold is the author of ten books, including Sergeant Dickinson (Soho Press, 1999), which was based on his experiences in the US Army Special Forces during the Vietnam War. He is also the publisher of Black Heron Press.

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American novelist Gold worked as a rehabilitation counselor in a prison for juveniles north of Seattle for 15 years after he came back from the first Iraq war. Here are selections relating to that period from the journal he has kept since just before the war in 1991. The entries not only describe the events he observed and his thoughts about them, but also document his changing attitudes about the choices people make and the choices they have. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (


The breathtaking memoir of a counselor coming to terms with innocence and guilt in incarcerated children.

About the Author

Jerome Gold served in Vietnam in the US Army Special forces and was on active duty during the Gulf War. He based Sergeant Dickinson (SohoPress, 1999) on his Vietnam War experiences. He is also publisher of Black Heron Press, a small literary house. Paranoid and Heartbreak is his tenth book.

Product Details

Gold, Jerome
Seven Stories Press
Gold, Jerome
Social Scientists & Psychologists
Scientists & Psychologists
Juvenile delinquents
United states
Juvenile delinquents -- United States.
Juvenile detention homes -- United States.
Personal Memoirs
Juvenile delinquents - United States
Biography & Autobiography : Social Scientists & Psychologist
Biography-Social Scientists and Psychologists
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