A riveting, heartrending, story of unjust punishment - on several levels - is told in Ian Manuel’s My Time Will Come: A Memoir of Crime, Punishment, Hope, and Redemption (Pantheon). At age fourteen he was sentenced to life without parole for a horrible crime he committed - but one that was not a homicide. Moreover, for eighteen years he was kept in solitary confinement for minor infractions within the prison’s systems of behavior and punishment.
“In 1990, the then 13-year-old Manuel shot young mother Debbie Baigrie during a street robbery in Tampa, Fla. Baigrie recovered, but Manuel was sentenced to life without parole ... What followed was a harrowing, decades-long journey through Florida’s prisons, where beatings and sprayings with irritant gases were routine … But his story took an unlikely turn after a judicial rights group took up his case. He reconciled with Baigrie, leading to his release from prison in 2016. Manuel’s account, told in prose and poetry, is gritty and unflinching and poignant throughout. The result is a gripping narrative about a man’s struggle to prove his discarded existence still has meaning. This is a stunner.” - Publishers Weekly.
“Ian is magic. His story is difficult and heartbreaking, but he takes us places we need to go to understand why we must do better.” —Bryan Stevenson, from the Foreword.
Ian Manuel today lives in New York City, and is a motivational speaker at schools and social organizations around the country.
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