Donna Hylton and Kristine Gasbarre - A Little Piece of Light - Little, Brown Book Group

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A Little Piece of Light

A Memoir of Hope, Prison, and a Life Unbound

By Donna Hylton and Kristine Gasbarre

  • Hardback
  • £21.99

Random Family meets Orange Is the New Black in A LITTLE PIECE OF LIGHT, the story of Donna Hylton, a woman who spent more than two decades in prison, enduring terrible conditions and brutality along the way, only to emerge in 2012 with two college degrees as a leading advocate for criminal justice reform.

Today, Donna Hylton is a groundbreaking advocate for criminal justice reform--she was a featured speaker at the 2017 Women's March on Washington, and she works hand-in-hand with other influential voices such as Eve Ensler, Michelle Alexander (The New Jim Crow), and Rosario Dawson to ensure prison safety and to end mass incarceration in the US. In fact, Dawson has signed on to play Hylton in a movie that's in development now.

But in 1986, Hylton experienced prison from the inside when she was sentenced to 25 years-to-life for kidnapping and second-degree murder. Like so many women before her and so many women yet to come, her life had been a nightmare of abuse that left her feeling alone and convinced of her worthlessness. With her sentencing, it seemed that Donna had reached the end--at age 19, due to her own mistakes and bad choices, her life was over.

But behind the bars of Bedford Hills Correctional Facility, alongside this generation's most infamous female criminals, Donna learned to fight -- and then, to thrive. For the first time in her life, she realized that she was not alone in the abuse and misogyny that she experienced; as she bonded with her new sisters, she discovered that her pain was not an anomaly, but a commonality among women from all walks of life.

It's a reality that she has since vowed to change. Since her release in 2012, Donna has emerged as a leading advocate for criminal justice reform and women's rights who speaks with politicians, violent abusers, prison officials, victims, and students to tell her story. But it's not her story alone, she is quick to say. She also represents the stories of thousands of women who are unable to speak for themselves because they've been silenced, imprisoned, or killed.

Biographical Notes

Donna Hylton (Author)
Donna Hylton is a women's rights activist, criminal justice reform advocate and accomplished public speaker. She helps women who have experienced traumatic events in to overcome their past traumas and transform their lives.

Kristine Gasbarre (Author)
Kristine Gasbarre is a celebrity interviewer and a culture and lifestyle contributor to women's print and digital publications. A graduate of John Carroll University in Cleveland and Fordham University in New York City, she holds degrees in psychology and media studies, and she lives in Brooklyn, New York.

  • Other details

  • ISBN: 9780316559256
  • Publication date: 28 Jun 2018
  • Page count: 304
  • Imprint: Hachette Books
Donna has been honest in dealing with her crime...I was moved by her seeking spirit, by the depth of her guilt, and her profound willingness to walk in the fire of reckoning. Donna is a smart, deeply compassionate woman. She has a gorgeous spirit. She has worked hard to become a new person in prison. — Eve Ensler, playwright, performer, feminist, and activist
Donna has a remarkable capacity for turning pain into power. She's focused, determined, present, thoughtful, passionate, and tireless. She's an invaluable asset to us all — Rosario Dawson, actress, writer, singer, and activist
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