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Held captive

Diane Schoemperlen’s memoir is a forthright look at a misguided romance


This Is Not My Life: A Memoir of Love, Prison, and Other Complications

Diane Schoemperlen

Harper Avenue

I ONCE managed a local museum where, occasionally, individuals charged with misdemeanours would work off their community service hours. One of them, call her “Wanda,” was an intelligent and capable single mother. She and I were the same age, and often discussed personal relationships. I talked about my lack thereof, and she talked about her boyfriend, incarcerated at the Atlantic Institution, a federal corrections facility for repeat and violent offenders in Renous, New Brunswick. One day, when Wanda was chatting about a recent visit there, she asked, “Why don’t you come up with me some weekend? There’s lots of really nice guys in there.”

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