'I devoured this book. It's not only the notebooks of juvenile offenders that are true (and insightful and poignant and very funny) but the account of the odyssey of their writing teacher as well. It's all soft underbelly in these pages, human beings at their best against great odds, searching for redemption.' Sister Helen Prejean, author of Dead Man Walking 'Early in the book, a friend of Salman's complains that there are no good books about juvenile delinquents. Well, there's one now - one that examines a broken system with grace, wit, and gripping storytelling.' Booklist
About the Author
Mark Salzman is the author of Iron and Silk, an account of his two years in China; three novels, The Laughing Sutra, The Soloist (finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize), Lost in Place, a memoir and the bestselling Lying Awake. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife.