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Book Review: Making Manna

By Malcolm C. Young

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Making Manna

By Eric Lotke
Brandylane (2015)

Making Manna is fiction, but it tells a real story. Criminal defense attorneys will recognize large parts of it from experience. And no surprise: author Eric Lotke knows the territory. Twenty years ago as principal writer, he integrated research, data and the varied opinions of a panel of criminal justice experts to produce The Real War on Crime: The Report of the National Criminal Justice Commission, a comprehensive analysis of American crime policy and incarceration.

Making Manna begins dramatically: Libby Thompson, sexually assaulted by her father at age 14, gives birth in a farmhouse in Virginia, with only her mother in attendance. Immediately she is forced to flee from her father to preserve the life of her son. She has the good fortune to meet a series of people willing to help her along the way: a long-distance truck driver, Sheriff’s deputies, the administrator of a women’s shelter, and Sheila, a strong African American

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