Shannon was at a teacher’s conference in Toronto a month after her wedding in the fall of 2005 when the police knocked on her hotel room door and changed her life forever. Shannon’s husband had been arrested in Peterborough for the violent sexual assault of two women. Of her husband, the Toronto Star reported, “Everything good about him was real, everything terrible about him was also real.”
In October, Shannon was a woman to envy – 30 years old, a beautiful bride, a new homeowner, and with plans to start a family. A month later, the nation knew her name, knew what her husband had done to two young women in the basement of their home, and the question on everyone’s lips was, ’What did she, the wife, know and how long had she known it?’
Memoirs are tricky business. We readers look for the tricks. We look for the lies and half-truths. We look for the things not said and for the unutterable truths. In Through the Glass there are no tricks. Shannon is an intelligent, personable woman. Her writing is friendly, kind, and honest. But she doesn’t just tell the truth. She tells the honest truth. She has investigated her own heart and mind, her own motivations and misconceptions, and her genuineness fills each page.
Shannon’s search for answers, her struggle with loss and victimhood has developed in her a commitment to restorative justice. She has also found the strength to share publicly the complex truth of her experience: the sorrow and grief of it, but also the healing and the hope.
An inspiring speaker, Shannon prompts us to think deeply about our own concept of justice. How far would you go to forgive?
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