Doris I. Mangrum, author of several books on the frenetic dance of separation and reunification is hitting the literary pavement again with her new novel, A Soiled Identity: From Triumph to Tragedy and Back Again that follows a decorated Marine in a powerful tale of two transitions. In the first reunification, he must plan his route from the theater of war back into civilian life. Even though he was heralded as a hero, that transition doesn’t go so well. He finds himself on the wrong side of the criminal justice system and the second transition is fraught with the twists and turns of a felon who must now deal with a myriad of family disasters as well as navigate through a very different homecoming . . . this time from prison. It is a fictional story that feels very real - everything in the book has happened to someone, somewhere, at some time and it will make you think.
A percentage of 2014 profits from her book sales are being donated to assist the Saidiana Homeless Veterans Housing Partnership to help develop housing resources for underserved, homeless veterans living in the San Francisco East Bay area. Readers of her books and followers of her work have expressed great enthusiasm for the novel and are pulling for her to make a significant number of sales so that homeless veterans and their families will benefit.
“The book is a must read. Once I started, it was very difficult to put it down. I have worked with people whose lives have been impacted by separation and the challenges they face in transition, A Soiled Identity captures two very poignant life-changing shifts. Doris is making such a big difference in the world by calling attention to the challenges of separation and reunification, while also helping people to advance on their reintegration journey.” Genette Sidney – Former Correctional Educator, Family Life Proponent, Community Organizer.
Doris I. Mangrum has been captivated with the saidiana (in Swahili, help each other) spirit since she was a young child. Helping others is her passion. Her years of work with the incarcerated, formerly incarcerated, veterans and their families inside the correctional facility, in the community and in the homes of the extended family have all helped her fulfill her objective. Her book, A Soiled Identity: From Triumph to Tragedy and Back Again along with its companion life-look program was birthed out of that experience.
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