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Publisher Description

The New York Times best selling true story of an unlikely friendship forged between a woman and the man she incorrectly identified as her rapist and sent to prison for 11 years.

Jennifer Thompson was raped at knifepoint by a man who broke into her apartment while she slept. She was able to escape, and eventually positively 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.

With Picking Cotton, Jennifer and Ronald tell in their own words 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.

Biographies & Memoirs
January 5
St. Martin's Publishing Group

Customer Reviews

Roseannedawn ,

Tear jerker and eye opener

The book immediately pulls you in and keeps you at the edge of your seat. For me it was an emotional rollercoaster of tears, fear, relief, and happiness. It’s a great example of the judicial system and their own faults. It also refers to how the system has changed from the 70s-present. I enjoyed reading this and I know lots will as well.

Kentucky damsel ,

I don't read...

I cannot put this book down. I picked this book up out of curiosity and bought it on a whim. It's amazing....

Loves word games ,

Powerful book

This is a story that needs to be told. The book was riveting and an important read for everyone interested in justice.