A Tortuous Path: Atonement and Reinvention in a Broken System, Christopher E. Pelloski

In this thought-provoking sequel to his award-winning memoir, Trauma, Shame, and the Power of Love: The Fall and Rise of a Physician who Heals Himself, former elite cancer doctor and researcher, Christopher Pelloski, chronicles his compelling journey from federal incarceration to halfway house detention to the first few years of building a new “after” life. Alternating between humor, pathos, and measured outrage, Pelloski takes us with him as he weathers imprisonment, divorce, and medical board hearings, undergoes polygraph interrogations and court-mandated therapy, finds a new home, starts a new profession, reconnects with family and old friends, and forges new relationships in A Tortuous Path: Atonement and Redemption in a Broken System.

Diverse stories of those encountered along the way show the faces of those most affected by the failures and capriciousness of the American justice system—and demonstrate the essential value of kindness and second chances.

A Tortuous Path: Atonement and Reinvention in a Broken System is the memorable sequel to Trauma, Shame, and the Power of Love and wow, what an incredible but emotional book! A short while ago I read Trauma, Shame, and the Power of Love and I loved it, it was a hard-hitting but necessary read that really opened my eyes to many topics and so I was excited to read book two and be informed once again. Now that I have finished reading A Tortuous Path, I can say that it is a compelling, gritty and intriguing sequel memoir that will captivate as well as entertain readers for many hours on end and this is one of the many reasons I would recommend this book to you lovely readers.

A Tortuous Path is a poignant memoir that will follow Christopher E. Pelloski on his journey from his sentencing and onwards. The reader in A Tortuous Path will follow Christopher, (a former cancer researcher and doctor) as he goes to prison, to a halfway house and then to him starting his life anew. What follows is a poignant, honest, and raw tale that explores imprisonment in a brutally honest way which also highlights many flaws in the system. All while we follow Christopher on his path to building a new life. It makes for a flawless read book lovers and it, as well as book one, should not be missed!

Usually, with memoirs of this nature, I find that the author holds back; the author typically holds back on the more delicate details of the case as well as the sentencing, etc. However, Christopher E. Pelloski is an author who is brazen with his work, and so he holds back on nothing regarding the going on’s which occurred. The outcome of this is an accurate portrayal of real-life events and circumstances that will open your eyes and inform you all at the same time.

Christopher E. Pelloski is an author I admire for many reasons, one of them being the fact that he does not hold back with regards to his story throughout the book and the other because of his eloquent prose that captivated me from the very start. I adore the fact that Pelloski decided to write an honest book that does not hold back on the finer details; this is a crucial factor in a memoir book and a winning factor so this, combined with the fact that Pelloski is a talented author ensures that A Tortuous Path is one of the best memoirs I have ever had the pleasure of reading.

To conclude, as A Tortuous Path is an intricately detailed, flawless and poignant memoir, I have no choice but to award this stellar book five stars so please if you are a reader who loves brutally honest memoirs that will move you then you should not miss out on this brilliant book!

Thank you so much for reading book lovers! I appreciate it so much. Here is a preview of the book for all of you lovely readers to enjoy! Please have a read of the preview and if you find that you have loved what you have read then all you need to do is follow the links below!

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