Zek: An American Prison Story
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"The writing in Zek is simple, straightforward. It's not beautiful, but the bluntness of the language suits the subject matter perfectly. We see the prison through Jonny's eyes, and the unadorned vocabulary and sentence structure matches his pragmatic worldview." --Paul Constant, The Seattle Review of Books and The Seattle Weekly
"[Zek] strikes me as an honest, accurate account of imprisonment, and I am especially grateful for the details about solitary. It is a compelling and important novel." --Katy Ryan, West Virginia University, Associate Professor of English and Founder of the Appalachian Prison Book Project (APBP)
"America's deranged experiment with mass incarceration has generated a continuing fascination in the media. Television shows like Prison Break, Oz, and Orange is the New Black have dramatized the prison experience for millions of viewers. Arthur Longworth's Zek provides an insider's account of prison life that is every bit as compelling as these shows, but with a depth that goes beyond what television can offer. It is a remarkable effort." --Miguel Ferguson, University of Texas School of Social Work, and founder of "Words Beyond Walls," a prisoner/student education program.
"Longworth's strength lies in the detail of realistic narration and ability to adopt an unpretentious psychological point-of-view. Jonny's thoughts outline choices, avoidances, risks, and penalties of failure in a prison environment." --Joe Lockard, Souciant