In the Sanctuary of Outcasts by NEIL WHITE
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70%

7 Critic Reviews

Brisk, ironic and perceptive, White's introspective memoir puts a magnifying glass to a flawed life, revealing that all of life is to be savored and respected.
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

"A remarkable story of a young man's loss of everything he deemed important, and his ultimate discovery that redemption can be taught by society's most dreaded outcasts." —John Grisham

"Hilarious, astonishing, and deeply moving." —John Berendt, author of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

The emotional, incredible true story of Neil White, a man who discovers the secret to happiness, leading a fulfilling life, and the importance of fatherhood in the most unlikely of places—the last leper colony in the continental United States. In the words of Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Olen Butler (A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain), White is “a splendid writer,” and In the Sanctuary of Outcasts “a book that will endure.”

 

About NEIL WHITE

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Neil White is the former publisher of New Orleans Magazine, Coast magazine, and Coast Business Journal. He lives in Oxford, Mississippi, where he owns a small publishing company. This is his first book.
 
Published May 28, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 335 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Crime, Education & Reference. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for In the Sanctuary of Outcasts
All: 7 | Positive: 6 | Negative: 1

Kirkus

Good
on May 20 2010

Those harsh realities are leavened with tender, humorous asides derived from the many dynamic Carville residents he encountered before his surprising release one year later. An earnest chronicle written with equal parts enlightenment and atonement.

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Publishers Weekly

Good
on Apr 27 2009

Brisk, ironic and perceptive, White's introspective memoir puts a magnifying glass to a flawed life, revealing that all of life is to be savored and respected.

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Publishers Weekly

Good
on Apr 27 2009

Brisk, ironic and perceptive, White's introspective memoir puts a magnifying glass to a flawed life, revealing that all of life is to be savored and respected.

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The Washington Post

Good
Reviewed by Juliet Wittman on Jul 12 2009

The writing becomes somewhat cursory as the narrative progresses. And though this is a story of redemption, you can't tell quite how deep White's personal changes go. Still, this book offers an important glimpse into a dark and receding corner of our medical and penal history...

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Oregon Live

Below average
Reviewed by Greg Adams on Jul 02 2009

However, aside from a saintly elderly woman called by the pseudonym Ella, who has lost her legs and gets about in a hand-cranked wheelchair, none of the lepers White writes about come to life. His fellow prisoners don't fare much better...

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Southern Lit Review

Above average
Reviewed by Julie Cantrell on May 25 2010

Ultimately, White’s memoir shows that people really can learn life’s hardest lessons, and leaves readers with a belief in the good of man. He introduces mob lawyers, con-artists, and thieves.

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BG Daily News

Good
Reviewed by Kristie Lowry on Aug 26 2012

In fact, you may come away from the book with a bit of envy for White’s experience. Many of us would benefit from exposure to the wisdom found in Carville, and reading this book is a lovely way to get a small dose of what White took away from his jail time...

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