Sweet Hell on Fire by Sara Lunsford
A Memoir of the Prison I Worked In and the Prison I Lived In

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"A gritty, raw, and engrossing voice."—Publishers Weekly

I was a bad mother,
a bad daughter,
a bad wife, a bad friend.
Boozed out and tired,
with no dreams
and no future.

But I was a good officer.

Sara Lunsford helped cage the worst of the worst, from serial killers to sex criminals. At the end of every day, when she walked out the prison gate, she had to try to shed the horrors she witnessed. But the darkness invaded every part of her life, no matter how much she tried to immerse herself in a liquor bottle. She couldn't hide from the things that hurt her, the things that made her bleed, the things that still rise up in the dark and choke her.

With a magnetic, raw voice that you won't soon forget, Sweet Hell on Fire grabs you by the throat and doesn't let go. It's a hardscrabble climb from rock bottom to the new ground of a woman who understands the meaning of sacrifice, the joy of redemption, and the quiet haven to be found in hope.


About Sara Lunsford

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SARA LUNSFORD was a segregation officer at an all-male maximum security facility, and promoted to the rank of sergeant before leaving corrections to pursue a full-time writing career. Sara's fiction has been published under pseudonyms in magazines, anthologies and novel-length work. She lives in Kansas.
Published November 1, 2012 by Sourcebooks. 287 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, Crime. Non-fiction

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With a gritty, raw, and engrossing voice, debut author Lunsford splays out the facts of her dramatic life as a corrections officer at an all-male maximum security state prison.

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