An unforgettable generational saga about the roots of American culture,class, identity, and the meaning of freedom
Prisons follows the coming-of-age of Johnny Church from English youngster to dashing Oxford adolescent to idealistic Puritan in the service of Cromwell's Parliamentary Army. Throughout his evolution Johnny seeks emancipation from a multitude of emotional, political, and religious prisons, not realizing that with each successive grasp at freedom, he escapes one form of captivity only to be confined by another.
Johnny's journey ends in a prison of stone and mortar where, after questioning Cromwell's restrictions on personal freedoms, he is executed. Based on a true incident of the English Civil War, Prisons captures the promise and tragedy of the conflict that led to the first substantial migration to North America.
Mary Lee Settle was born in Charleston, West Virginia, and has lived in England, Turkey, and New York. Her novel Blood Tie won the National Book Award and her novel Choices received the Lillian Smith Award for fiction. Settle's other works include the novels Charley Bland, Celebration, The Clam Shell, The Love Eaters, The Kiss of Kin and a memoir, All the Brave Promises. Settle now lives in Charlottesville, Virginia.