Al Kirkland’s New Memoir Dips into Life of Young Ex-Convict

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“Diamond” underscores optimism and self-empowerment in the midst of adversities as faced by teenagers.

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A recent news features a Utah boy bringing a gun and some ammunition to school. In line with this, Al Kirkland, author of “I.C.U.”, offers a gripping memoir emphasizing that without discipline and composure, today’s youth either end up in hospitals or in jail. The author’s new book ascertains the depressing condition of present-day youth in Diamond.

Young adults who are labeled as a failure desperately search for ways to succeed. Some conclude that failure is an option. One of the easiest ways for them to accomplish success is with a gun and suicide. Taking lives of innocent people gives them the satisfaction, knowing that someone else is feeling pain.

Kirkland chronicles the life of 18-year-old Ace Sherrod who dreams of changing his ill-reputation. Having been incarcerated at the age of 12 for attempted murder, he eagerly awaits to be counseled by the parole board and leave the correctional institution. Ace’s life outside prison becomes a roller-coaster ride as he attempts to stay away from the life he used to have – back in the days when he was arrested and his brother was shot to death by the police after breaking in a house. In spite of his efforts, he encounters challenges along the way including drugs and gambling. It is his last chance to enroll in West Winsor High Charter School and he has to make it through, no matter what it may cost him.

Depicted in a detailed manner, this gripping book tackles reality in Kirkland’s perception. It reveals how difficult teen life turns out in actuality while describing the ups and downs of the characters. Diamond provides a sense of self-belief and assurance to readers as they follow this heartrending volume.

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About the Author
AL Kirkland grew up in the Wilbur section of Trenton, New Jersey and worked as a Correction Officer for 25 years. While working at New Jersey State prison, formerly Trenton State Prison, Al reunited with some of the neighborhood thugs when they came to his place of employment as inmates. Seeing his former incarcerated classmates in prison inspired Al to write about some of the experiences they encountered in and out of high school.

DIAMOND * by Al Kirkland
Publication Date: January 9, 2013
Trade Paperback; $12.99; 98 pages; 978-1-4797-7200-1
Trade Hardback; $19.99; 98 pages; 978-1-4797-7201-8

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