The Man Who Outgrew His Prison Cell
MEMOIR | 2003 | 350 pages
Growing up in a devoutly religious family with a father who believed in firm discipline and who was also studying for a Protestant ministry, Joe Loya seemed a blessed child. When he was seven, however, his life was drastically altered when his mother was diagnosed with a terminal illness. Upon her untimely death, Joe's pious and studious father became increasingly violent, brutally beating his two young sons. For Joe, this was the starting point of a life of crime: petty theft, forgery, fraud, and ultimately, bank robbery. When Joe was finally arrested after holding up his twenty-fourth bank, he was sent to prison, where he would serve seven years, two of which were spent in solitary confinement. There, alone in his cell for two years, he was finally able to forgive his father, finding clarity, cultural insight, and redemption through writing.
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