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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[A] remarkable testament…A must read.”

    Studs Terkel, New York Times bestselling author of Division Street: America

  • “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 US attorney general

  • “Unforgettable.”

    Chicago Sun Times

  • “Richard Allen and Karen White bring this poignant, simply unforgettable, joint first-person account wholly to life.”

    Library Journal, (starred review)

  • “Injustice and redemption are overused words, but this heartfelt joint memoir justifies its subtitle.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A Library Journal Best Audiobook
  • A New York Times Bestseller
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About the Author

Jennifer Thompson-Cannino lives in North Carolina with her family. She speaks frequently about the need for judicial reform and is a member of the North Carolina Actual Innocence Commission, the advisory committee for Active Voices, and the Constitution Project. Her opinion pieces have appeared in the New York Times, the Durham-Herald Sun, and the Tallahassee Democrat.