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The unbelievable true story of Albert Woodfox, a man who spent forty-three years in solitary confinement in a Louisiana jail for a crime he didn't commit.
Albert Woodfox was born in 1947 in New Orleans. A committed activist in prison, he remains so today, speaking to a wide array of audiences, including the Innocence Project, Harvard, Yale, and other universities, the National Lawyers Guild, as well as at Amnesty International events in London, Paris, Denmark, Sweden, and Belgium. He lives in New Orleans.
'[A] book that is wrenching... Woodfox's story makes [for]
uncomfortable reading, which is as it should be. Solitary should
make every reader writhe with shame and ask: What am I going to do
to help change this?' -- Washington Post
'This breathtaking, brutal, and intelligent book will move and inspire readers.' -- Publishers Weekly [starred review]
'An important story for these times...An astonishing true saga of incarceration that would have surely faced rejection if submitted as a novel on the grounds that it never could happen in real life.' -- Kirkus Reviews
'Sage, profound and deeply humane, Albert Woodfox has authored an American testament. Solitary is not simply an indictment of the cruelties, absurdities and hypocrisies of the criminal justice system, it is a call to conscience for all who have allowed these acts to be done in our name.' -- Jelani Cobb
'Solitary is the stunning record of a hero's journey. In it a giant, Albert Woodfox, carries us boldly and without apology through the powerful, incredibly painful yet astonishingly inspiring story of a life lived virtually in chains. He is, as readers will learn, a 'Man of Steel.'' -- Mike Farrell
'[A] profound book about friendship ... told simply but not tersely...If the ending of this book does not leave you with tears pooling down in your clavicles, you are a stronger person than I am.' -- New York Times
'In beautifully poetic language that starkly contrasts the world he's describing, Woodfox awes and inspires. He illustrates the power of the human spirit, while illuminating the dire need for prison reform in the United States. Solitary is a brilliant blend of passion, terror and hope that everyone needs to experience.' * Shelf Awareness [starred review] *
'[H]eart-rending..."We must imagine Sisyphus happy," Camus famously wrote, and such a prompt is the ennobling virtue at the core of "Solitary." It lifts the book above mere advocacy or even memoir and places it in the realm of stoic philosophy.' * New York Times *
'A very good read...an educational book with an inspiring character at its core. [Woodfox] writes beautifully and is to be congratulated for his dignified survival and the role model he has eventually become.' * Otago Daily Times *
'A stringent, clear-eyed memoir by a man who served more than 40 years of solitary confinement at Angola for a murder he did not commit.' * New York Times *
'What a mind this man possesses, capable of seeing at and around things at once. His book should be to prison what Night was to the conditions Elie Wiesel described in his memoir of the Holocaust: a psalm of memory, a testimony and a powerful call to action.' * Literary Hub *
'Solitary is an intelligent memoir about an unbreakable human spirit.' * AU Review *