Foreword by Greg Boyle, S.J., founder of Homeboy Industries
Why do people join gangs? Once entrenched in a life of crime with its realities of incarceration, addiction, power, and money, is it possible to ever walk away? This triumphant collection of ten personal life stories from ex-gang members enlightens, surprises and inspires. These first-person accounts illuminate the harsh reality of living as a marginalized person, often neglected and in poverty. Unexpectedly, their stories share heartfelt commentary on topics such as peace, joy, forgiveness and hope. Readers will be challenged to question their preconceived notions as they are given an illuminating look at individual lives behind crime statistics. This book covers territory that often doesn’t get into the news media and creates connection through our shared humanity.
Listen to Anne, Chris and Fr. Greg Boyle on CBC Radio’s The Sunday Edition.
Anne is interviewed on Let’s Give A Damn radio about her work.
Select praise for The Lucky Ones:
WINNER – On The Same Page Manitoba selection, 2013-14.
“The book’s shocking first-hand accounts of survival will cause readers to bristle the next time they hear someone cast refugees as “fraudsters” or “just someone here to take our jobs.” And reading about parents who were forced to run for the border without their children – let alone their passports – will cause people to question the government’s dismissive terminology of bogus and illegal refugees.” – The Catalyst, Citizens for Public Justice Publication
“Anne Mahon faithfully captures refugees’ voices with raw authenticity, imprinting their lives onto our collective memory. Their stories of love, loss, war, and grace capture the dogged human drive to metabolize pain into power for good.” – Lisa Shannon, author of A Thousand Sisters and founder of Run for Congolese Women