Suspended Sentence: A Memoir

Suspended Sentence: A Memoir

by Janice Morgan

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Overview

When Janice Morgan, a divorced college professor living in a small town in Kentucky, learns that her son has been arrested for possession of a stolen firearm and drug charges, she feels like she’s living a nightmare. Dylan’s turbulent period as a college student in Cincinnati before this should have warned her, but it’s only now that she realizes how far he has drifted into substance abuse and addiction. As Dylan passes through the judicial system and eventually receives a diversion to drug court, Morgan breathes a sigh of relief—only to find that she, too, has been sentenced right along with him. In the months to follow, she leads a double life: part of it on campus, the rest embarking upon what she calls “rescue missions” to help Dylan stay in the program. But resilience, dark humor, and extreme parenting can only carry you so far. Eventually, Morgan discovers that she needs to gain a deeper understanding of the bipolar and addiction issues her son is dealing with. Will each of them be able to learn fast enough to face these complexities in their lives? Clearly, Dylan isn’t the only one who has recovery work to do.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781631526442
Publisher: She Writes Press
Publication date: 10/15/2019
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Janice Morgan formerly taught courses in language, literature, and cultural history as a college teacher in rural Kentucky. During that career, she wrote about social issues in French cinema, publishing in The French Review, Cinema Journal, and the Quarterly Review of Film and Video. Based on her family’s experiences, she now advocates for better mental health awareness, substance abuse recovery, and criminal justice reform.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 The Boy 13

Chapter 2 Bombshell 16

Chapter 3 Time Out 20

Chapter 4 Get to Gigi's House 30

Chapter 5 Locked Up 35

Chapter 6 Signs and Portents 51

Chapter 7 Circuit Breakers 57

Chapter 8 Drug Court 72

Chapter 9 Nami I 86

Chapter 10 The Rule of Twos 93

Chapter 11 Forgive Us Our Debts 99

Chapter 12 Attila the Hun 114

Chapter 13 Deepak and Tupac 116

Chapter 14 Off Track 130

Chapter 15 Road Warrior 139

Chapter 16 A New Start with Dad 147

Chapter 17 Jamaica 160

Chapter 18 White Rabbit 170

Chapter 19 Young Men on the Roadside 184

Chapter 20 Nami II 190

Chapter 21 Two Steps Forward 198

Chapter 22 One Step Back 216

Chapter 23 How Far Is It Still? 224

Chapter 24 A Garden in the Forest 234

Chapter 25 Fireflies and Stars 252

Chapter 26 Wheels 255

Chapter 27 When 269

Chapter 28 Mom, Where Are You? 270

Chapter 29 Nami III 273

Chapter 30 Visions in the Slipstream 277

Chapter 31 Looking Out There Together 294

Acknowledgments 298

References 300

For Further Reading 303

Useful Resources 307

About the Author 311

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