In her debut memoir, Coleman reveals an intimate account of her choice to join a revolutionary underground guerrilla cell in the 1970’s. This turbulent time in America has lessons for all of us in an age of domestic terrorism headlining the news today.
What begins with her youthful idealism and intent to amend the “sins” of her blueblood ancestors soon becomes a firestorm of events that includes the activities of a local police “death squad”, the vicious rape of a co-worker, an attack on a radical bookstore, Ku Klux Klan threats, friends found to be on the 10 MOST WANTED list, her choice to bear arms, donate large sums of money, and transport explosives for a cadre with increasingly questionable motives. The unrelenting series of events that unfold inextricably land her many years later as a witness in one of the longest sedition trials in US history.
Terrorist or freedom fighter? That becomes the readers question to answer just as it becomes Coleman’s question as well.
Winner of the Pushcart Editor's Choice Award
Linda Coleman taught memoir writing for incarcerated women and has coedited three volumes of their memoirs. She works as a nurse and is a Zen monk. She resides on Long Island, New York. www.lindacoleman.net
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