I was stunned by Willow in a Storm. It is the story of one man's long life, and his truly spiritual journey into the abyss of our country's penal system, and miraculously, almost mythically, his survival and return to society. With the assistance of ...
his wife, James Peter Taylor, now approaching his eightieth year, tells this harrowing and inspiring story with class, directness, and honesty.Sister Helen Prejean, author of Dead Man Walking and anti-death penalty activistIn this raw, unflinching memoir, James Peter Taylor, with the help of his wife Kathleen Murphy-Taylor, recounts the events of his unusual life, over forty years of which were spent incarcerated. Mentally and sexually abused by his adoptive father, Jim Taylor receives a life sentence at age 30 when he accidentally kills Kenneth Lindberg, a Minnesota banker and married father of four, during a robbery.Taylor manages to survive in prison, despite the rampant violence, in part by playing a woman's role, a gender switch that becomes second nature to him. After decades behind bars, a wiser and more spiritual Taylor is released in the 1990s back to civilian life, bolstered by his marriage to the book's coauthor and former social worker, Kathy Murphy.Willow in a Storm demonstrates hope even in the most dismal of circumstances.
Number of pages: 484
Date of publication: 19/01/2011
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