Among Women

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Imagine New Orleans at the end of 1984. Now imagine a storyteller writing the stories of the women among whom she lives while in jail, a modern Scheherazade, weaving stories that will startle and amaze, and may help her find her way. More

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About JM Cornwell

At the foot of Pikes Peak, in the shadow of its usually snow-covered shoulders visible from my bedroom window, J. M. Cornwell writes while looking out over the abandoned-appearing back yard on the other side of a weather beaten, snaggle-toothed fence. While she dreams, she transcribes those dreams into words.

She has contributed stories to several Chicken Soup, Cup of Comfort and various anthologies. Ms. Cornwell's first novel, PAST IMPERFECT, was published by L&L Dreamspell July 2009. She also writes book reviews for Authorlink.


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What began as an adventure, a chance to realize a dream, becomes a nightmare.

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Review By: S0rceress0
Really good book!
Great women's literature here.

Review by: sdmad on Oct. 21, 2011 :
This was an interesting read, however I wasn't completely satisfied with the ending. I felt a lot was left unresolved and the background stories (J.D., Lorenzo) confused me a little as I could never quite work out what had happened. I didn't feel that Pearl's relationships were developed very much and it was more about what happened once she was in jail and how other women had got there than her as a person.

Saying that, it was enjoyable to read and it definitely challenges perpectives and stereotypes. It was good to get 'their side' of the story and realise that not everyone who ends up in prison necessarily deserves to be there.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Linda Horne on Sep. 12, 2011 :
This book affected me pretty deeply. It made me think, and I like my literature books to do that.
This is a story about other peoples stories. I can see you going "huh?" Wait for it, there's more..
Among Women is specifically about the stories of a group of inmates. When Pearl Caldwell joins them, she keeps her head down and herself to herself. She's heard what jail is like and wants none of it. What she thinks of these women and the reality of what she experiences are two entirely different animals. She quickly learns that each person has their own reason for being there and their own story. Not only does Pearl learn many of their stories, she comes to see them as individuals and writes these stories down. In doing so she finds a place to fit in this group of outcasts.
I like the fact that not only do we see each person has a story, but the stories draw you in and even keep you on edge a number of times. These women are depicted as human beings, not quite the animals that are commonly thought of in the prison system. As you read you may look at other people and yourself just a bit differently.
If you are looking for a well written women's literature book, this is it. It is intelligent and gripping. Not only do I want you to read it, but I recommend you share it.
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Review by: Christina Federici on March 21, 2011 :
Insight into the human heart seems to be one of JM Cornwell's specialties. Similar to her hit "Past Imperfect", "Among Women" is a tale of human nature, interpersonal relationships and self-examination. Protagonist Pearl Caldwell learns about herself by learning from others. What motivates Pearl in this story really isn't very different than what motivates her fellow inmates, and Caldwell learns that life isn't always just black and white. "Among Women" is a beautiful story of growth and perspective that leaves the reader yearning for more.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Mary Ann Peden-Coviello on March 12, 2011 :
This book looks at first glance as though it's "woman's lit," but it's much more than that. True, the cast of characters is mainly female but the depth of writing and the insights into human nature take this way beyond "woman's lit." The main character, Pearl Caldwell, learns so much about herself and about the other women she meets and you will find yourself wondering about the people you meet in your own life. What has brought them to this point in their journeys?

The writing is also outstanding, literary in the best sense of the word. J.M Cornwell never talks down to the reader and writes with fire and passion.

Among Women is a book that will stay with you. I loved it.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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