Amy Friedman Desperado's Wife: A Memoir

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Desperado's Wife: A Memoir

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When Ivy League educated newspaper columnist Amy Friedman walked into a prison to write about life inside, she never expected to fall in love with a man serving time for murder. But that's what happened. Desperado's Wife tells the story of their seven year marriage and what happens to those who love someone inside. David Dow, death row lawyer wrote: Maybe Amy Friedman is not really fearless, but you could not tell that from her memoir, which grabs your shirt in its fist on page one and forces you to see humanity in places most of us are too scared to go. Everybody who has ever given up on anyone must read this book.

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Amy Friedman is an author, co-author, editor and teacher. Desperado's Wife is her third memoir. She has been writing the internationally syndicated weekly newspaper feature, Tell Me a Story since 1992. Many of her stories and essays have appeared in book collections, including an excerpt this memoir (in Stricken: 5,000 Stages of Grief). An excerpt also appeared in the New York Times Modern Love column and in Salon.

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Smart, accomplished, attractive reporter goes on the prison beat. Meets a seductive inmate, a murderer. Falls in love. Marries him and helps get him out of jail. Loses friends, battles age-old prejudice and the dark politics of the prison system. There are so many ways a memoir like this could have gone wrong in the telling, and Friedman avoids every pitfall. Much more than that (though that alone is amazing enough): with an open heart, a clear mind, and a superbly honed, quietly direct writing style, she takes you on a journey that at the outset you cannot imagine will become so real, so familiar, so under your skin. Friedman's naturalistic honesty and instinct for detail dissolve every preconceived notion you will bring to this book. Desperado's Wife enlarges the house of human feeling and stokes a fine anger at everything that damages it and seals it off. --Thomas Frick, Author The Iron Boys

See author interview on Katie Couric, July 9, 2013, Love Behind Bars --Katie Couric website

See author interview on Katie Couric, July 9, 2013, Love Behind Bars --Katie Couric website

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