PRISON BABY: a memoir
from Beacon Press March 4, 2014
March forth… into our beautiful messy world.
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Please meet the yarn toy that followed me from the prison cell I shared as an infant with my incarcerated mother. This four-inch bundle of twisted yarn is a a treasure I hold dear from the year I spent with her in prison.
I now give my story and the toy, on the cover of PRISON BABY, into the hands of readers. Available here for pre-order on Amazon and Indie channels soon, and on shelves March 4, 2014.
The link will deliver the tale of the yarn toy and other stories in the journey of my birth in prison, the wreckage and havoc after, and the rise up.
“The ways this woman discovers herself, via the revelation of her birth mother and her reconciliation with her adoptive mother, shows us how dramatically different worlds intersect, and why those intersections are so important to who we are. … a powerful story.”
—Piper Kerman, author of Orange is the New Black
“Deborah Jiang Stein has beaten the cycle of inter-generational incarceration, despite the odds against her — multiracial, born in prison to a heroin-addicted mother. Her story offers hope to the possibility of personal transformation for anyone.”
—Sister Helen Prejean, author of Dead Man Walking
“Prison Baby, one woman’s profound quest for family and identity, is a soul stirring call to arms on behalf of incarcerated women and their children. It’s a story of lost and found, conflict and peace, and proof that with love, forgiveness, and support, people really do change their lives.”
—Tayari Jones, author of Silver Sparrow
“A harrowing, heartfelt glittering diamond of a memoir that shows that being born in prison does not have to imprison the spirit. Gloriously alive and important.”
—Caroline Leavitt, author of Pictures of You
Prison Baby is an emotionally charged, transformative story about one woman’s search for her true origins. Candid and searing, Deborah Jiang Stein’s memoir is a remarkable story about identity, lost and found—and about the author’s journey to reclaim—and celebrate—that most primal of relationships, the one between mother and child. I dare you to read this book without crying.
—Mira Bartok, author of The Memory Palace
“A profoundly moving search for identify, Prison Baby is as inspiring as it is haunting. Deborah Jiang Stein’s bold, and intrepid honesty will speak to anyone who has struggled with grief, forgiveness, and finding their place in the world.”—Katrina Kittle, author of The Blessings of the Animals
At a time when more and more women are being incarcerated worldwide, Deborah Jing Stein’s story of the secrets and ignominy surrounding her prison birth gives readers a brave account of the backlash children and society encounter when families are torn apart by addiction, prison, and shame. More than anything, Deborah’s book is a call for an open-eyed examination of our broken criminal justice system, and a heartfelt plea for more compassionate responses to poverty and mental illness. —Naseem Rakha, author of The Crying Tree
“A compelling story of loss, addiction, and healing…told with grace and much heart.”
—Heidi W. Durrow, New York Times best-selling author of The Girl Who Fell From the Sky
FROM BEACON PRESS:
“A deeply personal and inspiring memoir recounting one woman’s struggles–beginning with her birth in prison–to find self-acceptance
Even at twelve years old Deborah Jiang Stein, the adopted daughter of a progressive Jewish couple in Seattle, felt like an outsider. Her mixed Asian features set her apart from her well-intentioned white parents, who evaded questions about her past. But when Deborah discovered a letter revealing the truth–that she was born in prison to a heroin-addicted mother and spent the first year of her life there–she spiraled into emotional lockdown. For years she turned to drugs, violence, and crime as a way to cope with her grief. Ultimately, Deborah overcame the stigma, shame, and secrecy of her birth and found peace by helping others–proving that redemption and acceptance is possible, even from the darkest corners.”
Deborah Jiang Stein: Writer and public speaker who devotes her work to women, men, and children in the margins of society. Founder of the nonprofit The unPrison Project to serve women and girls in prisons. At work on another memoir, a YA novel, and a collection of short stories.