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Redemption: A Story of Sisterhood, Survival, and Finding Freedom Behind Bars

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"When I decided to look, I found more love and compassion than I ever imagined existed. Most significantly, I found forgiveness. I might even call it redemption."
On July 4, 1990, eighteen-year-old Stacey Lannert shot and killed her father, who had been sexually abusing her since she was eight. Missouri state law, a disbelieving prosecutor, and Stacey’s own fragile psyche
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Hardcover, 336 pages
Published March 8th 2011 by Crown (first published January 1st 2011)
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Laura
Such a wonderful story of, well, redemption. I love stories of people who overcome the most difficult & obscene obstacles and still thrive & make a huge difference in the world. Stacey Lennert leads that category.

Her childhood is a gruesome story of sexual abuse by her father. I've not read or heard of this extreme level of abuse before. And then, at 18, she shot & killed his sorry a$$ & spent 18 years in prison for it.

I am profoundly & deeply affected by her story. She seems
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Amy
A compelling read (I couldn't put it down) albeit a depressing read (until the very end). I just read this for my book discussion next week -- should be very discussable!

Stacey Lannert was sexually abused by her father from the time she was 8 (almost a woman according to her father) until she was 18. That's when she shot and killed him. For HER crime, she was given life in prison. Her sentence was commuted three years ago by Missouri's outgoing governor. This is her story.

And, just for the recor
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Colette
Way better than Orange is the New Black that is all the rage now. I highly recommend it.
Dindy
Redemption by Stacey Lannert and Kristen Kemp is the story of Stacey's years of suffering sexual and emotional abuse at the hands of her father until one night she shot him as he was sleeping on the sofa. She was sentenced to life in prison without parole and served eighteen years on prison until the governor of Missouri granted her clemency in 2009.

Lannert doesn't pull any punches in this book. She describes the abuse she suffered in graphic detail, which will probably make many people uncomfor
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Brenda
This was a story that was at times difficult to read, yet I felt it was a story that should be read. Everyone should be aware that this is happening to children in this world by their relatives, fathers, baby sitters, neighbors, and the children it happens to are made to feel as if it is their fault and the guilt keeps them from speaking out about it, the guilt and the shame.
The story of Stacey is not a one of a kind story, it happens to many young people and we need to have the story's out ther
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Jennifer
Product Details

Pub. Date: March 2011
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
Format: Hardcover , 336pp
Sales Rank: 43,717

ISBN-13: 9780307592132
ISBN: 0307592138

Summary provided by BN.com:
“When I decided to look, I found more love and compassion than I ever imagined existed. Most significantly, I found forgiveness. I might even call it redemption.”
On July 4, 1990, eighteen-year-old Stacey Lannert shot and killed her father, who had been sexually abusing her since she was eight. Missouri state law, a
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Susan
Stacey Lannert suffered experiences that no one should ever have to go through. Her supposedly loving father molested her and raped her repeatedly for 10 years. Although speaking up for herself has been extremely difficult, Stacey has finally found her voice and has related her story at first very quietly and then on television and finally in her memoir. Describing her life in detail took great courage and fortitude.

In the first half of the book Stacey describes her childhood pragmatically and
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Flannery
I picked this up thinking it'd be a prison memoir along the lines of Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison. Either I didn't read the description closely enough or the description wasn't clear because the first half of this book is graphic, raw, no-holds-barred description of the atrocious abuse the author suffered at the hands of her father, mother, grandfather, classmates, and mothers' boyfriends. It took me a long time to get through because it was overwhelming. I commend the au ...more
Tamara
This was such a compelling book about the life of Stacey Lannert. In the beginning when she talks about her childhood it was tough to read some of the very graphic descriptions of the sexual abuse that was taking place. I was blessed with wonderful parents and reading stories about child abuse just breaks my heart, it’s really hard for me to understand how or why anyone would want to harm an innocent child, especially their parent who is supposed to be their protector. I do believe her punishmen ...more
Emily
I couldn't finish this. Even 2/3s of the way through and I just couldn't keep reading. The story itself is compelling - a girl convicted of killing her abusive father - so seriously abusive that readers probably had the thought as well - and spends 18 years behind bars, until she is finally granted clemency.

I'm not sure what the problem with it was...it just wasn't good. Maybe it was because the ghost writer captured the line of thought too genuinely. I think this happens sometimes in memoirs a
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Kristi
I'm so glad I read this book all the way through. The first half was very hard to read because it's the story of Stacey's abuse. I couldn't get to sleep for hours the first night I read it because it was so sad.

After Stacey was in prison, she was happier for a while because she was finally safe from her father. Even though she was in prison for 18 years, Stacey made the most of it. Stacey came to know God and learned about forgiveness; she taught classes and did volunteer work; she trained dogs
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Dale Stonehouse
I am so glad she told her story and shares it with other victims/survivors of child sexual abuse. In my lifetime of seeing the damage done to innocent young people for no reason other than perceived power over them, NO punishment is enough for the abusers. So reading that she killed her father when he began to abuse her younger sister was somewhat gratifying. The book itself might suffer from a limited perspective in some respects, but that is expected of someone who entered prison at 18. She do ...more
Bridgett
I received this book as part of an ARC giveaway. It was not an easy read at all because of the topic. This book is an autobiography of the life of Stacey Lannert. Starting at the age of 9, Stacey was continuosly molested, raped, and abused both emotionally and physically by her father. When she was 18, her father did something that pushed Stacey to her breaking point and she fatally shot him. She was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life without parole. She served 18 years befor ...more
Linda
A great book detailing the horror undergone by Lannert at an early age when she was molested by her father. It is surprising that her mother never knew about this. Or did she know but chose not to know? After years of molestations, Lannert had had enough when she caught her father raping her sister. She shot and killed him. Even though all the facts came out at the trial, the judge sentenced her to life imprisonment which the jury felt was too harsh. What was the reasoning behind this action by ...more
Joan
I won this in a giveaway at Read It Forward. A lot of the book tells about the abuse that Stacy suffered from her Father and a mother who was selfish and put her needs before her child. I didn't think that it was right to kill him and in reading this book I couldn't understand why she didn't tell someone' she only had a few years to go before she could have been on her own. but I also thought the sentence that she received was too harsh. Stacy is a survivor. After all she went through with her f ...more
Carol Campbell
It's hard to rate this book. One one hand it is well written, the pacing is good, and the story is well told. You get a feel for the people she talks about, their experiences, their feelings, their lives. You get a glimpse into what it felt like to be Stacey Lannert. On the other hand, it is about a very disturbing subject and the author is very frank about it. There are things that are hard to see in print much less imagine how the author felt experiencing such unspeakable horrors. It is sad to ...more
Kimberly Morghan
I found this book very compelling, especially since it was a true story. I can't imagine what it would be like to go through the abuse she did and could not believe that she was sentenced to life without parole. I was impressed with the amazing work she did while she was incarcerated, both to redeem herself and to help others. The world is a different place now, with both more support for the victims of abuse and more sympathy in the justice system for those who snap under the strain of long-ter ...more
Danielle
I picked up an Advanced Reader's Copy of this book at ALA Midwinter (sensing a theme in my reading choices yet?). The book is the story of woman who spent 18 years in prison for murdering her father when she was 18 years old. He had been sexually abusing her since she was 8 years old. It's a rather heartbreaking story that is often difficult to read. The writing itself isn't wonderful, but once you get past that the story itself is compelling. It's devastating to witness how many people failed t ...more
Carissa
Warning: There are a few graphic descriptions of child sexual abuse, as to be expected with a book on this topic. I don't think the author could have possibly been true to her story by including fewer. It is a horrifying but well told true story. I was relieved at how much better the author's life became when she started the second half of the book by serving a life sentence in prison without chance of parole. That says a lot about what her life was like in the first half of the book. I think th ...more
Kristin
As her parent's marriage crumbles, Stacey finds comfort in her loving father, Tom. Until, at age eight, Tom initiates Stacey to a game they must keep between themselves. For the next ten years, Stacey's life is ripped apart by physical and sexual abuse. Feeling hopeless, she takes matters into her own hands by ending the life of her abuser. In Redemption by the victim, Stacey Lannert and Kristen Kemp, we take a dark, disturbing look into a life destroyed before ever having a chance to live. Will ...more
Meg Marie
Stacey Lannert is molested and raped by her father from the age of 8 until 18, when she snapped and murdered him in his sleep. And then, because she lacked the words or readiness to tell her tale, she was sentenced to life in prison without parole for the crime. The book tells the story of her upbringing, her turbulent adolescence, and her road to redemption and freedom. While the writing is not great, the story is incredibly compelling, and she's a brave woman for coming forward and being an ad ...more
Bobbie
This was a hard book to read. In fact, I put it down about 1/4 of the way through and decided not to read any more. And then I picked it up again because I had to know how she got past her past--how she forgave her father for what he did to her and her mother for what she ignored and her grandparents for what they helped engender in her parents. The writing wasn't great, but the story was. It gave me a whole new look into the mind of an abuse victim, and though absolutely heart wrenching, it's a ...more
VLynch
This book is emotional and raw. Stacey has been let down by every adult in her life, including police men and the judical system. Her parents, both of them should be ashamed and damned to hell. This book is written very powerful, I did not want to put it down. I pray for Stacey that she writes another book, and it's about how happy she is, what a wonderful parent she is. That she was able to break the chain of abuse in her family. Stacey, thank you so much for sharing your story. I am sure it wa ...more
Shawna
A harrowing story. I am glad I found this book. The abuse this girl suffered for years was repulsive, yet utterly believable. I never had a moment where I felt a false note and detected deception. I have read other abuse memoirs that felt flat, forced, or overly dramatic. It was especially vivid for me because both my parents are from St. Louis, and I've been through St. Johns where she lived with her father. Also my cousin was a prison guard at one of the institutions where Stacey was incarcera ...more
Kris
This one was moving and troubling, and I'm glad I read it. Stacey Lannert has done incredible things with a tough life. I can't imagine growing up the way she did. So in terms of how this helped me to feel compassion and to look for the signs in a child who's abused, I'd say reading it was worth it. The writing wasn't terrific, and that's why I gave it a 3. But if you're interested in how a woman could live 10 years of her childhood being abused and then live in prison for 18 years, this would b ...more
Janice Crespo
I received this book as a prize in a giveaway and I thought - omg - how am I going to get through this? A book about ex-cons? What will this mean to me? I'm not a convict and have never thought about become one. From the first chapter, the hope that is available to everyone is shown in the eye's of wonder - in the eyes of seeing a world that most of us take for granted. If you want to see life again, see life for the first time again, pick up this book and give it a read! Definitely 5 Stars all ...more
Sarah Strauss
I'm glad I read this book. It became obvious that she got the wrong prison sentence. She IS guilty and admitted that. However, there were circumstances that should have been taken into consideration when she was charged. There was proof that her dad was abusive towards her and her sister. If there had been people willing to help her get out of that situation, this wouldn't have happened.
Pat
I was very impressed at how she learned to forgive herself, but after many, many years. Reading her story, it is a slow, growing process to get past all the things she had been through. So sad there was no one to listen to her when she needed so much help. No young girl should have to go through what she did.
Kristi
This is a very touching but wrenching true story. Stacey Lannert suffered years of abuse and paid for it for a very, very long time. I can't even express my feelings properly about her ordeal, I get too emotional. Read the book!



* I have this book for swap, but it is an uncorrected proof, not hardback no pics*
Kathleen
An amazing, if too candidly graphic for my sheltered senses, story.
The descriptions of the abuse added to the horror and gave me deeper empathy, but it's not for the faint of heart. Not "well written" but the story comes through very well. A triumph of spirit and a remarkable depiction of forgiveness.
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