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A Little Piece of Light

Narrated by: Donna Hylton
Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
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Today, Donna Hylton is a groundbreaking advocate for criminal justice reform - she was a featured speaker at the 2017 Women's March on Washington, and she works hand-in-hand with other influential voices such as Eve Ensler, Michelle Alexander (The New Jim Crow), and Rosario Dawson to ensure prison safety and to end mass incarceration in the US. In fact, Dawson has signed on to play Hylton in a movie that's in development now. 

But in 1986, Hylton experienced prison from the inside when she was sentenced to 25 years-to-life for kidnapping and second-degree murder. Like so many women before her and so many women yet to come, her life had been a nightmare of abuse that left her feeling alone and convinced of her worthlessness. With her sentencing, it seemed that Donna had reached the end - at age 19, due to her own mistakes and bad choices, her life was over. 

But behind the bars of Bedford Hills Correctional Facility, alongside this generation's most infamous female criminals, Donna learned to fight - and then, to thrive. For the first time in her life, she realized that she was not alone in the abuse and misogyny that she experienced; as she bonded with her new sisters, she discovered that her pain was not an anomaly, but a commonality among women from all walks of life.

It's a reality that she has since vowed to change. Since her release in 2012, Donna has emerged as a leading advocate for criminal justice reform and women's rights who speaks with politicians, violent abusers, prison officials, victims, and students to tell her story. But it's not her story alone, she is quick to say. She also represents the stories of thousands of women who are unable to speak for themselves because they've been silenced, imprisoned, or killed. 

©2018 Donna Hylton and Kristine Gasbarre (P)2018 Hachette Audio

Critic reviews

"Gripping.... [ A Little Piece of Light] is a meditation on redemption and learning to love and forgive." (Booklist)

"Donna Hylton is a light warrior, an inspiration, a survivor, a profound storyteller, and an important teacher for our times." (Elizabeth Gilbert, The New York Times best-selling author of Eat, Pray, Love and Big Magic)

"Intimate and disturbing, the book reveals the ways women are silenced and victimized in society, and it also tells the inspiring story of how one woman survived a prison nightmare to go on to help other incarcerated women 'speak out about the violence in their lives.' A wrenching memoir of overcoming seemingly insurmountable abuse and finding fulfillment." (Kirkus Reviews)

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  • mjsthejoint
  • 27-03-19

A little piece of truth

The story is powerful and inspiring. I am moved to act on my own social concerns. The best self narrated autobiography I've listened to to date.

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  • Onecca
  • 19-03-19

Must Read!!!! I Loved It!!!!!!

I loved this book. Her story is amazing and it encouraging. I felt so many emotions while reading this book.

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  • EJ
  • 12-04-19

Powerful

I felt this book in my spirit. The sadness and redemption of this book is powerful. This is a story that is all too familiar but rarely told. This book should be a call to action. Save our girls isn't just a saying it needs to be a mission for us all.

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  • Jennifer Asher
  • 25-03-19

Compelling

Donna's story was sad and yet powerful; once you start this audiobook, you must finish the book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-03-19

The Best Audiobook I've Listened To

I saw Donna Hylton speak about her experiences for the first time, on the syndicated radio morning show "The Breakfast Club". I was immediately impressed. Her candor was refreshing. She gracefully spoke of forgiveness which made me want to know more about this person who after having been through so much pain, seemed to be healing and helping other women. I immediately added "A Little Piece Of Light" to my library, began listening at work and couldn't stop. I finished listening on my commute home in my car. This is the first audiobook that I finished in one day. I hope that this book gets into the right hands so that it can be made into a screenplay. I've learned a lot and I hope to see and hear more from this author in the future.

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  • Chazity Bush
  • 13-03-19

AMAZING!

Loved it! Donna is truly an amazing woman. To go through so much in her life and today stand stronger than ever is so inspiring. Donna you have motivated me in everyway possible and given me another perspective on incarcerated women. God Bless you and your daughter!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-03-19

Very good book

Very Interesting read. Never wanted to pause!! Listened twice and will again soon. Highly recommended!!

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  • K Reyn
  • 12-03-19

AMAZING READ

An eye opening and inspirational read. Donna is articulate and precise. Learning her story has been emotional and beautiful!

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  • Shamynnay
  • 12-03-19

Heartbreaking read

This is a tough but necessary read. The story is overflowing with heart break but their are a few rainbows and many inspirational moment.

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  • Natalie F. McDaniel-Hicks
  • 12-03-19

Eye opening, Thought provoking

I stumbled on Donna's interview on TBC and bought the audiobook instantly. I began listening and couldn't stop. It pulls on your heart and it had me reflect on how blessed I am and how I need to do more for others. Her strength is Amazing!