Corrections in Ink (Hardback)

Dispatches from an American Prison

Keri Blakinger

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'A groundbreaking debut from an extraordinary writer … a testament to where a woman can go after rock-bottom'
PIPER KERMAN, New York Times bestselling author of ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK

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.

Keri Blakinger is a Texas-based journalist. She is a staff writer for the Marshall Project, and her work has appeared in VICE, the Washington Post Magazine, and on NBC News and the BBC. Corrections in Ink is her first book.

Corrections in Ink is a ground-breaking debut from an extraordinary writera 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 truthPiper Kerman, New York Times bestselling author of ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK
A gorgeously written, page-turning memoir about addiction, prison, and privilegeKirkus
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 incarcerationWesley Lowery, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and 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 Starred Review
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 changeBooklist


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ISBN: 9781785788697

Price: 16.99 GBP

Pages: 336

Publication date: 07/07/2022


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