What if prison was the only world that existed for you now and everything else was a story? What if you weren't sure if you were guilty but wanted forgiveness in any form? The Prisoner and the Chaplain is about two men; one man awaiting execution, the other man listening to his story. As the hours drain away, the chaplain must decide if the prisoner's story is an off-the-cuff confession or a last bid for salvation. As the chaplain listens he realizes a life has many stories, and he has his own story to tell?a last-ditch plea for forgiveness told to someone who will never be able to repeat it. Each man is guilty in his own way, and their stories have led them to the same room, a room that only one of them will leave alive. If you had only twelve hours left to live, what would you have to say?
Michelle Berry is the author of three books of short stories and four novels, including This Book Will Not Save Your Life (which won the 2010 Colophon Award and was longlisted for the 2011 ReLit Award). Her writing has been optioned for film and published in the UK. Berry is a reviewer for Globe and Mail, and teaches at the University of Toronto and Humber College. Born in California and raised in Victoria, BC, Berry now lives in Peterborough, ON, where she operates an independent bookstore, Hunter Street Books.