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In this true and inspiring book, a unique and transcendent friendship rises from the depths of a shocking crime and a devastating miscarriage of justice.

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Jennifer Thompson was raped at knifepoint by a man who broke into her apartment while she slept. She was able to escape and eventually identified Ronald Cotton as her attacker. Ronald insisted that she was mistaken—but Jennifer's positive identification was the compelling evidence that put him behind bars. After eleven years, Ronald was allowed to take a DNA test that proved his innocence. He was released after serving more than a decade in prison for a crime he never committed. Two years later, Jennifer and Ronald met face to face—and forged an unlikely friendship that changed both of their lives.

In their own words, Jennifer and Ronald unfold the harrowing details of their tragedy, and challenge our ideas of memory and judgment while demonstrating the profound nature of human grace and the healing power of forgiveness.

"[A] remarkable testament.... A MUST read." ---Studs Terkel, author of Touch and Go

"Unforgettable" ---Chicago Sun Times

"A touching and beautiful example of the power of faith and forgiveness. Its message of hope should reverberate far beyond the halls of justice." ---Sr. Helen Prejean, csj, author of Dead Man Walking

"Few people have done more to put a human face on issues involving wrongful convictions than Jennifer Thompson-Cannino and Ronald Cotton." ---Janet Reno, former U.S. attorney general

"Injustice and redemption are overused words, but this heartfelt joint memoir justifies its subtitle." ---Kirkus

"Richard Allen and Karen White bring this poignant, simply unforgettable, joint first-person account wholly to life." ---Library Journal Starred Audio Review

"Touching" ---Library Journal
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Picking Cotton

Our Memoir of Injustice and Redemption

Author Ronald Cotton, Jennifer Thompson-Cannino, Erin Torneo

Narrated by Richard Allen, Karen White

Publication date Mar 17, 2009

Running time 8 hrs

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