When I Get Free

When I Get Free

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by Cheryl Robinson
     
 
About the Author
Cheryl Robinson is a native Detroiter currently residing in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. She is a supervisor with Daimler Chrysler Corporation's, Mercedes-Benz Credit division. Cheryl is in the process of completing her third novel.

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About the Author
Cheryl Robinson is a native Detroiter currently residing in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. She is a supervisor with Daimler Chrysler Corporation's, Mercedes-Benz Credit division. Cheryl is in the process of completing her third novel.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780972086714
Publisher:
Sterling Books
Publication date:
08/08/2003
Pages:
321
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

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When I Get Free 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hats off to Cheryl Robinson for penning such an entertaining and spiritual novel. It's true that 'You don't have to be in prison to serve a life sentence.'-Anonymous
Guest More than 1 year ago
Like my headline says, its simply one of the best I've ever read and I've read quite a few books. I'm giving it 5 stars, only because there isn't an option for six. This book seemed so realistic, and it has a message in it, which to me, is the measure of a great book and of an author's true genius. She gained a fan for life in me with this piece.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Cheryl Robinson is back with a vengeance. This time exploring the life of a man who is just released from prison. Many think once one is released life can pick up where it left off. Never has that been so far from the truth, not only has the body been imprisoned but so has the mind. Detailing information, Ms. Robinson has left no stones unturned. Enjoyable and informative read. At this pace, Ms. Robinson will continue to light up the charts.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After spending a decade as a guest of the Oklahoma correctional system, former convict Theodore ¿Tower¿ Evans tries to go straight. Now finally free Tower struggles to also liberate his mind, which still remains behind bars. Though his mom and step-dad try to help him adjust, he remains mentally a jailbird and much of the society he meets and deals with constantly remind him of his status whether it is his parole officer, the church, or the job he lost. Just as things turn bleakest, Tower finds hope when he meets wannabe author Gail. They forge a tentative friendly relationship when he tells her his story. Both gain confidence from his relating his feelings and experiences but will it be enough for him to take back his spirit in the land of the free except for those like him.

WHEN I GET FREE is a stunning character study (based on a real person) that will open plenty of eyes to the American ¿rehabilitation¿ system that leaves a former convict still mentally shackled long after his or her release. The insightful novel also implies that law abiding citizens unknowingly are incarcerated in cleverly constructed ¿frames¿. However, Tower is obviously the center of the deep story line, but key secondary players come across genuine at least in terms of their relationships with the lead protagonist. Readers will root for Tower to make it preferably with Gail as he fights to regain control of his life now that he has paid his debt to society

Harriet Klausner

Guest More than 1 year ago
Meet Theodore ¿Tower¿ Evans, an ex-con struggling to pull his life together after spending 10 years in the Oklahoma prison system. Tower shattered my thoughts on how those imprisoned behind bars assimilate back into ¿normal¿ society for he wasn¿t a hardened thug that had nobody but street sense to get him out of situations. Tower had a family who was very supportive of his need to make a successful transition back into life. His mother and stepfather, who kept me laughing throughout the book, really could have transformed this book from fiction to fact. I think that Cheryl Robinson has done a great job of capturing the many facets of life so realistically. Not only is imprisonment for crimes a physical state it¿s also a mental challenge and Tower was determined to not only free himself from incarceration but also from the mentality associated with it. He was determined to take back his physical, spiritual and mental freedom and decided that purging his experience in prison through a lady he met who was a budding author. Her name is Gail and their relationship was forged through a chance meeting and even stranger bond that resulted. Gail had amazing ability to live in her own world and be content in it no matter who thought that she was a wee bit weird. But through it all, sharing his story with Gail strengthened them both even though they both wished for a more romantic relationship at different times in their journey. Tower had many setbacks it would seem ¿ his parole officer took advantage of his status, his attempts to gain strength from church resulted in a relationship with his prayer partner, he lost his good paying job because of his conviction ¿ but he did reach a different and better place. With this type of novel, the reader is torn between expecting a happy ending and facing reality. This is the type of motivation that keeps us reading to the very end. Once I started this book and learned the cast of characters I couldn¿t put the book down. I wanted the best for Tower for he wanted to free himself from the demons that had found a home inside his mind while he was serving time. An excellent character study in how a person has control of his destiny in spite of outside forces.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book is highly recommended. the characters are so alive, it was like living in that jail cell with Tower. This novel will make you laugh, cry, and most of all be thankful that you are not in jail. I took this book everywhere because I couldn't put it down. Don't read a book by it's cover, open this book and you won't regret that that you are free!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Cheryl Robinson is a gifted writer, one of the best among contemporary African-American novelists on the scene today. In her second book, When I Get Free, she continues to showcase her outstanding ability to pen a viable story by using laugh-out-loud snappy dialogue, compelling plot twists, and heart-feeling, genuine characters. Tower Evans is young black male who has been released from an Oklahoma prison and is attempting to cope with the ironies of being set free. His re-entry into the world is tough, especially since he is still bound through having to report to a parole officer, and his constant reminders of life behind bars haunt him. In this novel, which was based on the true experiences of an ex-con, Cheryl uses graphic descriptions of prison life: what its like to enter the system, what prisoners do to try and survive, what the culture is like at its worst. The scene regarding solitary confinement was done so vividly, I felt like I was there in that jail cell, all by myself, trying to survive and I didn't like how that felt. This is just a credit to Cheryl's profound gift for writing, and I again commend her for offering readers an engaging novel with a unique writing voice, superb pacing, shocking scenes, and characters that draw you inside their fascinating world. Although I've only read the two books she's written thus far, Cheryl Robinson has quickly catapulted herself within the top 10 of my favorite writers today. Her book is highly recommended.