no one ever said love was easy.
With echoes of Just Mercy and An American Marriage, The Love Prison Made is a remarkable memoir of a woman who falls in love with an incarcerated man, and the toll prison takes not only on those behind bars, but on their families and relationships.
My parents were high school sweethearts and married young. By the time I was born, their marriage was disintegrating. As a little girl I witnessed my parents’ brutal verbal and physical fights, fueled by my father’s alcoholism. Then my father tried to kill my mother.
I was determined not to repeat the mistakes of my parents—I would have a fairytale love—but I found myself drawn to bad boys: men who cheated; men who verbally abused me; men who disappointed me. Fed up, I swore to wait for the partner God had chosen for me.
Then I met Shaka Senghor. I felt an intense spiritual connection, but I struggled with the idea that this man behind bars for murder could be the good love God had for me.
Through letters and visits, Shaka and I fell deeply in love and started preparing for our happily-ever-after. Once Shaka came home, I thought the worst was behind us. But Shaka’s release was the beginning of the end.
"The Love Prison Made and Unmade" reveals powerful lessons about love, sacrifice, courage, and forgiveness; of living your highest principles and learning not to judge someone by their worst acts. Ultimately, it is a stark reminder of the emotional cost of American justice on human lives—the partners, wives, children, and friends—beyond the prison walls.
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