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This Is Not My Life

(2016)
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From the Governor General's Award winning author of Forms of Devotion, Our Lady of the Lost and Found and By the Book

"Never once in my life had I dreamed of being in bed with a convicted killer."

For almost six turbulent years, award-winning writer Diane Schoemperlen was involved with a prison inmate serving a life sentence for second-degree murder. The relationship surprised no one more than her. How do you fall in love with a man with a violent past? How do you date someone who is in prison? This Is Not My Life is the story of the romance between Diane and Shane - how they met and fell in love, how they navigated passes and parole and the obstacles facing a long-term prisoner attempting to return to society, and how, eventually, things fell apart. While no relationship takes place in a vacuum, this is never more true than when that relationship is with a federal inmate. In this candid, often wry, sometimes disturbing memoir, Schoemperlen takes us inside this complex and difficult relationship as she journeys through the prison system with Shane. Not only did this relationship enlarge her capacity for both empathy and compassion, but it also forced her to more deeply examine herself.



Praise for this book

"This is an important book. In this scaring, painfully, honest account of both a relationship and a prison system 'goes bad' we are bleeding heart that breaks though concrete.I am awe of her courage" - Pete Johnson


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May 2017 : Canada Paperback
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Title: This Is Not My Life: A Memoir of Love, Prison, and Other Complications
Author(s): Diane Schoemperlen
ISBN: 1-4434-3421-3 / 978-1-4434-3421-8 (Canada edition)
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   


April 2016 : Canada Paperback
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Title: This Is Not My Life: A Memoir of Love, Prison, and Other Complications
Author(s): Diane Schoemperlen
ISBN: 1-4434-3420-5 / 978-1-4434-3420-1 (Canada edition)
Publisher: HarperAvenue
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Kindle Editions

April 2016 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: This Is Not My Life: A Memoir of Love, Prison, and Other Complications
Author(s): Diane Schoemperlen
Publisher: HarperAvenue
Availability: Amazon CA