Patrick Middleton is the first and only prisoner in America to earn all his higher degrees, including a Ph.D in Education,within a classroom setting all while incarcerated with a life sentence without parole. In his forty plus years of incarceration, he has received numerous academic awards and accolades. In 1989, he was awarded “Outstanding Student of the Year” accolades from the Pennsylvania Association for Adults in Continuing Education. In 1990 he was the recipient of two Congressional citations for outstanding academic achievement. During his eleven year tenure as a student at the University of Pittsburgh, Patrick earned many scholarships and teaching awards; was accepted into the prestigious honor fraternity Phi Eta Sigma, taught and lectured undergraduate students; paid room and board to the Department of Corrections from his teaching stipends; and conducted and published research reports with his professors and colleagues. He is the coauthor of three college textbooks, the sole author of a memoir, INCORRIGIBLE, a self-help book, HEALING OUR IMPRISONED MINDS which is used in several state correctional facilities throughout the country, and his most recent book, THE POWER OF CHANGE, A Guide to Self- Transformation for Incarcerated Men and Women.
We understand you have been reviewed by KIRKUS REVIEWS-a very prestigious honor. What is their summation of EUREKA MAN?
"A searingly honest novel of determination and redemption that is also an emotionally rewarding reading experience." For the complete review, visit KIRKUS REVIEWS or my website at: AuthorPatMiddleton.com
Congratulations on the publication of your novel, Eureka Man. Why don’t you start by telling us about the title and how it relates to the story?
Sure. None of my editors or early readers liked any of the half dozen titles I had come up with. One afternoon, my wife Marta an I were playing that old free association game. You know, where you say the first word or phrase that comes to mind. Well, the moment Marta blurted out “Eureka Man,” I knew instantly it was the right title for the book. Oliver Priddy, the young protagonist in the novel, is always having these Eureka moments where he “gets" something–an idea, a truth, a realization. He is the Eureka Man. So that’s how the title came about, and my wife gets all the credit.
Set in Pittsburgh's notorious Riverside Penitentiary, this coming-of-age story follows the life of young Oliver Priddy as the combined forces of blackmail, violence, harsh prison conditions and a beautiful college professor converge on him and turn his ivy league prison upside down.