Couldn't Keep It to Myself: Testimonies from Our Imprisoned Sisters

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HarperCollins, Feb 3, 2004 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 368 pages
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In a stunning work of insight and hope, New York Times bestselling author Wally Lamb once again reveals his unmatched talent for finding humanity in the lost and lonely and celebrates the transforming power of the written word.

For several years, Lamb has taught writing to a group of women prisoners at York Correctional Institution in Connecticut. In this unforgettable collection, the women of York describe in their own words how they were imprisoned by abuse, rejection, and their own self-destructive impulses long before they entered the criminal justice system. Yet these are powerful stories of hope and healing, told by writers who have left victimhood behind.

In his moving introduction, Lamb describes the incredible journey of expression and self-awareness the women took through their writing and shares how they challenged him as a teacher and as a fellow author. Couldn't Keep It to Myself is a true testament to the process of finding oneself and working toward a better day.

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I couldn't finish this book. Each story was more depressing than the one before, and they were all hopeless with no chance of a happy ending for anyone. Very sad. Read full review

Review: Couldn't Keep it to Myself: Wally Lamb and the Women of York Correctional Institution

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Very compelling collection. I want to keep reading it, but it is also rather depressing. Read full review

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About the author (2004)

Wally Lamb is the author of the New York Times and national bestseller The Hour I First Believed, as well as the novels She's Come Undone and I Know This Much Is True, both #1 New York Times bestsellers and Oprah's Book Club selections. He lives in Connecticut with his family.

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