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A question of freedom: a memoir of survival, learning, and coming of age in prison 2 editions

Cover of: A question of freedom | R. Dwayne Betts
About the Book

A powerful debut memoir from a published poet and emerging writer.At the age of sixteen, R. Dwayne Betts—a good student from a lower-middle-class family—carjacked a man with a friend. He had never held a gun before, but within a matter of minutes he had committed six felonies. In Virginia, carjacking is a “certifiable” offense, meaning that Dwayne would be treated as an adult under state law. A bright young kid, weighing only 126 pounds—not enough to fill out a medium T-shirt—he served his eight-year sentence as part of the adult population in some of the worst prisons in the state.A Question of Freedom is a coming-of-age story, with the unique twist that it takes place in prison. Utterly alone—and with the growing realization that he really is not going home any time soon—Dwayne confronts profound questions about violence, freedom, crime, race, and the justice system. Above all, A Question of Freedom is about a quest for identity—one that guarantees Dwayne’s survival in a hostile environment and that incorporates an understanding of how his own past led to the moment of his crime.



Library of Congress HV9468.B48 A3 2009
Dewey 365/.42092, B

2 editions First published in 2009

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Cover of: A question of freedom
2009, Avery, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.
A question of freedom
in English
Cover of: A Question of Freedom
2009, Penguin USA, Inc.
A Question of Freedom
Electronic resource in English


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