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A Grip of Time

Nonfiction: Biography, Social Science
Unabridged   9.5 hour(s)
Publication date: 05/01/2019

A Grip of Time

When Prison is Your Life

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Audio CD ISBN:9781684416042
Digital Download ISBN:9781684416059


The award-winning author of Stubborn Twig and Raising the Barre presents her latest book.

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Product Description

A Grip of Time (prison slang for a very long sentence behind bars) takes listeners into a world most know little about—a maximum-security prison—and into the minds and hearts of the men who live there. These men, who are serving out life sentences for aggravated murder, join a fledgling Lifers' Writing Group started by award-winning author Lauren Kessler. Over the course of three years, meeting twice a month, the men reveal more and more about themselves, their pasts, and the alternating drama and tedium of their incarcerated lives. As they struggle with the weight of their guilt and wonder if they should hope for a future outside prison walls, Kessler struggles with the fiercely competing ideas of rehabilitation and punishment, forgiveness and blame that are at the heart of the American penal system. Gripping, intense, and heartfelt, A Grip of Time: When Prison Is Your Life shows what a lifetime with no hope of release looks like up-close.


The book provides insight into life inside a maximum-security prison while illuminating the benefits of the craft of writing. . . . This compassionate account reveals a bit of what life is like inside prison, and a bit about how writing can forge connections among vastly different people. —Publishers Weekly

Kessler gives a pulsing heart and a human face to this portion of the population all too often forgotten outside the walls. An incisive, welcome look at prison life in the U.S. —Kirkus Reviews

Author Bio

Lauren Kessler is an award-winning author and semi-fearless immersion reporter who combines lively narrative with deep research. She is the author of ten works of narrative nonfiction, including Raising the Barre, Clever Girl, and The Happy Bottom Riding Club. She lives in Oregon.