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Yours for Eternity: A Love Story on Death Row
 
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Yours for Eternity: A Love Story on Death Row [Format Kindle]

Damien Echols , Lorri Davis

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From one of the greatest legal injustices of our time sprang one of the most unlikely—and unforgettable—love stories. Damien Echols was just eighteen years old when he was condemned to death for a crime he didn’t commit. His case—that of the infamous “West Memphis Three”—gained notoriety after a documentary, Paradise Lost, exposed the biased nature of the trial and Echols as the precocious, charming—and tragic—figure at its center. Lorri Davis was a landscape architect living in New York City when she surreptitiously wandered into a showing of the film, and she left forever changed. She, too, was from the South, accustomed to being the outsider in a small town. She saw much of herself in Echols, understood how he could easily have been swept up in a witch hunt, and she couldn’t get him out of her head. So she wrote him a letter—and when it arrived in Echols’s penitentiary cell in April 1996, hers were some of the first kind words of support he heard.



Over the course of a remarkable sixteen-year correspondence, Echols and Davis grew to know each other, fall in love, and marry—all without ever being able to touch each other freely or be alone together. In Yours for Eternity, their extraordinary letters provide a singular portrait of their marriage, from the first, heady days of discovery to the final, painful months before Echols’s release. Through postscripts and footnotes, Echols and Davis describe how they overcame the enormous challenges and heartbreaks throughout the years—personal setbacks, legal complications, and much more. Yours for Eternity reveals a relationship unfolding in the most exceptional of circumstances. Powerful and incredibly intimate, it is a modern-day love story for the ages.

Biographie de l'auteur

DAMIEN ECHOLS and LORRI DAVIS met in 1996, and were married in a Buddhist ceremony at Tucker Maximum Security Unit in Arkansas in 1999. Echols spent nearly eighteen years on death row until his release in 2011. He is the author of the New York Times–bestselling memoir Life After Death. For more than a decade, Davis spearheaded a full-time effort toward her husband’s release from prison, which encompassed all aspects of the legal case and forensic investigation. She and Echols, who together produced the documentary West of Memphis, live in New York.

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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 415 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 039916619X
  • Editeur : Blue Rider Press (17 juin 2014)
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Sweet and Compelling 21 juin 2014
Par ruth carter - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié|Achat vérifié
If you are tired of tales of jaded infidelity and sarcastic and shallow views of love, this is the book for you. In the most unlikely places two souls have connected with a sweetness, innocence, depth and loyalty that is inspiring. The tale of the West Memphis Three is told in many other places. This is the story of two amazing people kept apart by the cruelest and most unjust circumstances who patiently held each other together until they could actually hold each other. Their different styles of letter writing make the story vivid and fascinating. I can't recommend it enough
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 From Tragedy and Despair: Correspondence of Lasting Love and Marriage...... 23 juin 2014
Par Michel Short - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
"Art will be the horse I ride to freedom..." ~ Damien Echols
"Yours For Eternity: A Love Story on Death Row" is a incredible compilation of letters with thoughtful commentary exchanged between authors Damien Echols and Lorri Davis. The couple exchanged thousands of letters between 1996-2011. Prior knowledge of the WM3 case is recommended.

In 1996 Lorri Davis attended the premier showing of "Paradise Lost" a documentary of the WM3 slayings. Davis was empathetic to many social issues and was profoundly emotionally moved/affected by the injustice of the WM3 case. Unable to forget it, she feared she was losing her mind. Not knowing what to expect in writing to a prison inmate, she wrote a letter of support to Damien Echols.

Davis would discover when Echols answered her letter; was an articulate, sensitive, creative, highly intelligent man. As they corresponded they both discovered in friendship an openness they hadn't experienced with anyone else. It was joyous to see their relationship unfold, as they discussed their backgrounds, past experiences, families, friends, beliefs, emotions/ideas etc. They fell in love through letters and phone calls. Davis readily admitted she wouldn't suggest a woman write to an inmate, and kept their relationship secret from her family and employer for four years. Echols kept his hard core prison abuse/torture from Davis, not wanting to burden her with the knowledge, or any part of it to touch their relationship. High phone bills, dealing with anxieties, jealousies, some "sex letters" were included as a genuine account of issues they faced as a couple.

This is such a rare and unusual story of love and marriage, rising powerfully from the ashes left by tragedy and despair. Echols and Davis spent tremendous amounts of time going through their correspondence deciding what to use to illustrate their relationship, the effort and challenges (both legal and otherwise), to keep their love alive enough to sustain them both. Echols kept every letter Davis wrote him to preserve the best thing that ever happened to him. Towards the end of the book, written correspondence tapers off as they talk on the phone and visit. Davis moved to Little Rock, AR in 1998 to be closer to Echols and worked tirelessly in efforts to free him from prison. They were married at the Tucker Maximum Security Unit, Tucker, AR in 1999. In 2011, Echols was released from prison, he and Davis live in NYC.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 together at last 18 juin 2014
Par KesselRun - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié
First off,let me say that this book pretty much requires the reader to be familiar with Damien's case abd the West Memphis 3. But dont fret! There is plenty of material out there for you--i recommend it all. The fantastic Paradise Lost Trilogy, or if you dont want to watch three films, I recommend the equally powerful West of Memphis. There was also an episode of CBS' s 48 Hours devoted to the case a few years ago. You need to have the details of the case, because this book isn't really supposed to be about a case study. You can write a whole book on just that alone. (In fact, someone did. It's called 'Devil's Knot' by Mara Leveritt). Also you can go to wm3.org but I recommend the films. That way, you're more invested emotionally in this book as a reader. What the state of Arkansas did to these 6 boys (knowingly letting 3 innocent boys rot in jail, and letting the real murderer of 3 little boys roam free) is nothing short of criminal. I have been following the case for over 10 years, and both Damien and Lorri are an inspiration and two strong, admirable people. Damien's book Life After Death showed us how eloquent of a writer and storyteller Damien is, and I'm happy to finally get some insight into Lorri's heart as well. She saved his life, and devoted her life to exoneration of the West Memphis Three. It's a phenomenal story, one I will continue to admire for years. I'm so glad that they finally have a happy life together after their long, nightmarish road through the bowels of the Arkansas justice system. Now, we all need to continue pushing the state of Arkansas to do what needs to be done-exonerate damien, Jason, and Jessie and bring the real killer to justice. They already know what direction to look in
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 What a wonderful love story 22 juin 2014
Par T.O. - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I was not expecting lots of letters as a book, but I found it fascinating and so intense. A true love and a bond between 2 souls. I read the book in 2 sittings. I read Damien's book earlier and bought this the day it released.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 An interesting read... 18 juin 2014
Par Kiki Deister - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
This is outside my usual realm of reviewing, but definitely NOT outside my personal reading interests. So when I had the opportunity from Penguin to read this, I jumped at the chance.

Like much of the country, I followed the case of the West Memphis 3. I have seen the documentaries produced by HBO (at the time of this writing, all three are currently on HBO Go), watched the movies, and read much about the case. I have to wonder if perhaps the authors and publishers expected that any readers would be fairly familiar with the story because there is almost no background on the story of the crime and case. I think perhaps a bit of background would have been helpful, especially for readers who are not as familiar with the story, or even those of us who do have some knowledge.

This is a collection of letters between Echols and Lorri, the woman who would become his wife. Most of the book, and the heftier bulk of the letters are from the earlier few years of their blossoming relationship, before much of their communication moved to the phone and prison visits. What I found most interesting is the tone of the letters. There were times that they read almost like teenage love. I am fascinated by the psychology of criminology and inmates within the prison system and this had me thinking about the psychology of the two. Damien was imprisoned while he was still a teenager, his social development essentially halted the moment he was incarcerated, stunted before ever entering the system. But Lorri is more than a decade older, educated and a professional. The tone of her letters was often younger than even his, which often gave me pause.

I don't judge love in any form, but there was something almost obsessive about theirs that was somehow both childlike and dark at the same time. I give them both kudos for putting their innermost thoughts out their for the world to see and to judge.

Things to love...

--The honesty.
--The inner look at an unlikely love relationship.

Things I wanted more/less of...

--More background on the case itself as it progressed through the years.
--More post-prison life. These are interesting people and I would like to know more about their lives now.

My Recommendation: This is definitely not the type of book that has a wide or universal appeal, but it is a fascinating collection of writings. Anyone interested in the WM3, Damien Echols, or the odd relationship one has with an inmate would enjoy this.

This review originally appeared on my blog: [...]
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