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Memoir from a Prison Cell Trilogy: The Missteps of a Southern Boy.
This book was written as a memoir, set initially in Rural Louisiana during the 1960’s, when the author was a young child separated from his family and left to live with strangers, who became very dear, but ultimately failed to protect him from the negative influences of sex and alcohol. It is the story of his personal development as he grows from child to man. Parented by adults who embraced a decadent lifestyle, he adjusted and soon followed the example set, by abusing alcohol. This negatively affected the course of his life as he became enamoured with the lifestyle modelled. The setting changes as he achieves adolescence and moves to Seattle to re-join his mother and siblings, long years after they were separated. There he discovers decadence of a different type, life on the streets. As we follow along, his warm voice illuminates the thrill as well as the cost of pursuing the next adventure. He went on to embrace a life of crime, sex and drugs. The stark reality of his life is offered with humor, humility, and a large degree of personal perception, as he shares his adventures in a warm voice, offering insight and caution to any who consider following the same course. As the tale progresses, he generously reveals the most personal aspects of his life, despite knowing he will be criticized by some for his candid revelations. He regales us with anecdotes, audacious posturing, raunchy humour, innocence lost, and all the while we are witness to his growing obsession with the next thrill and later, with the next high. As he describes his dawning horror to find himself a father, who is addicted to drugs, his authentic and genuine voice comes through clearly, adding poignancy to the tale. Through vivid imagery, he effectively communicates his shock as he finds himself standing in his father’s shoes, neglecting his children, womanizing and chasing the next high. His depictions are sometimes stark and full of abrasive images, but the reader is led gently, with empathy and humor, on the journey which led to decades in prison.
This memoir is the first of a trilogy, which continues through the development of personal maturity and discipline, offering hope for the future as we wait to know his fate; which will be revealed in the next book. The journey is concluded in the final memoir, book three.
Octavia Braman, Psy.D.