Mother’s Day, Life Behind Bars.

Cristina Rathbone writes a memorable account of women trying to mother while incarcerated in A World Apart.

Cristina Rathbone writes a memorable account of women trying to mother while incarcerated in A World Apart.

It’s Mother’s Day today, so I’m going to keep it short so that I can spend the day hanging with Dunreith and placing calls to the different mothers in my life: my mom Alice Lowenstein; my mother-in-law Helen Kelly; my stepmother Diane Lowenstein, and Ava. 

For those looking for a dose of perspective about how trying parenting can be, check out Cristina Rathbone’s A World Apart: Women, Prison and Life Behind Bars.  In addition to providing intimate and wrenching details of the struggles these mothers face in their efforts to maintain connections with their children while they are imprisoned, Rathbone also tells the extraordinary lengths she had to go to gain access to the women’s prison in Framingham, Mass.

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