A Story of Sisterhood, Survival, and Finding Freedom Behind Bars
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"This real-life tale, as dramatic as any movie, of Stacey Lannert and her struggle to survive violent sexual assault and the devastating aftermath raises intense issues of crime, culpability and the nature of violence and families. It's a devastating and important subject, beautifully told."--Naomi Wolf
On July 4, 1990, eighteen-year-old Stacey Lannert shot and killed her father, who had been sexually abusing her since she was eight. Missouri state law, a disbelieving prosecutor, and Stacey’s own fragile psyche conspired against her: She was found guilty of first-degree murder and sentenced to life without parole.
Redemption is Stacey’s candid memoir of her harrowing childhood and the pain and protective love of her sister that led her to that horrifying night. It is also an extraordinary portrait of what happened after she found herself in prison and how she grew determined to live positively, even triumphantly, despite her circumstances. Ultimately, and most profoundly, she learned the healing power of forgiveness.
After spending as many years in prison as she had out of it, on January 10, 2009, outgoing Missouri governor Matt Blunt commuted Stacey’s life sentence. Six days later she walked out of the gates a free woman. Redemption is the story of how Stacey learned to be free while living behind bars. It is a coming-of-age story set in a parallel universe of a maximum-security prison. And, it is a story of sisterhood, courage, and justice finally served.
Good book. I liked that it was very detailed about both her childhood and adult years. Her parents and sister are developed beyond the standard two dimensional caricatures that you often see in books like this. She allows us to see their humanity as well as their flaws - even though it must have been very hard for her to be objective. A very good read.
A tough read
What a book! I almost put it down a couple of times. Knowing it was a true story was hard and I don’t know how she survived except God’s grace and sheer will. I’m glad she was able to finally tell it and I believe every word. Although I watched Montel and Oprah, I don’t remember seeing her story but I appreciate the hard work Stacey did while she was incarcerated and after her pardon. I believe she will continue to help others and wish her continued success!
Wow what a powerful book. This book made you laugh, cry, angered you and made your heart go out to Stacey. I could relate to a lot of this book, my brothers, sister and I were abused children. I look forward to referencing this book as I work with abused and sexually abused children. Stacey is a voice for abused children and adults. May God bless you and keep you in his hands. Thank you for your book.