Corrections in Ink: Dispatches from an American Prison (Hardback)Keri Blakinger (author)
Both an unflinchingly candid account of heroin addiction and a blistering polemic against the American prison system, Corrections in Ink recounts what happens when a life lived at full throttle starts to spin completely out of control.
Keri Blakinger had always lived at full throttle. Whether flying through the air, chasing Olympic dreams on the ice rink; surviving on as few calories as she could; or balancing a heroin addiction with pursuing a degree at an Ivy League university. But on a cold December day, Keri is arrested with a Tupperware container full of heroin. Shortly afterwards, she is convicted and sent to prison.
Forced to confront her addiction, Keri finally manages to break free of it, and finds herself in a place unlike anything she has experienced before: a world built on senseless brutality, but whose inhabitants, her fellow inmates, will change her life forever.
Written in luminous prose, with searing honesty and flashes of dark humour, Corrections in Ink shines a light on a broken prison system, and the cruelty and kindness Blakinger experienced there. It is a radical call for justice, and a testament to the power of finding one's voice.
Publisher: Icon Books
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 453 g
Dimensions: 222 x 144 x 32 mm
'Corrections in Ink is a ground-breaking debut from an extraordinary writer; in her memoir, Blakinger offers a searing work of self-examination, an inquiry of power, and a funny, provocative, and inspiring personal story of addiction, prison, and investigative journalism... a testament to where a woman can go after rock-bottom, the power to transform oneself, and the imperative to discover and tell the truth' - Piper Kerman, author of Orange is the New Black
'A gorgeously written, page-turning memoir about addiction, prison, and privilege' - Kirkus
'It's hard to think of a reporter more deeply devoted to exposing the brokenness of the American prison system than Keri Blakinger, who in Corrections in Ink turns her journalistic eye and narrative gift to her own story - a riveting journey through the depths of addiction and incarceration' - Wesley Lowery, author of They Can't Kill Us All
'A resonant call for criminal justice reform rings out from investigative journalist Blakinger's extraordinary debut... chronicling in unsparing prose the cruelties she suffered for nearly two years behind bars - where "you are nothing," and "torture" prevails over "treatment" - Blakinger depicts the slow stripping away of her humanity, but she also writes of learning "how to steal joy in a place built to prevent it."... absolutely sensational' - Publishers Weekly
'Transferring powerful internal dialogue onto the page, Blakinger offers vulnerable, honest recollections, and a story that won't be forgotten and could even inspire much-needed change' - Booklist
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