In one of the quickest turnarounds in book banning history, the Oprah-approved She's Come Undone is back in circulation at the library of Connecticut's York Correctional Institution. "After a further review of the issue, the book has since been returned to circulation within the facility's library," York Correctional Institution library spokesman Andrius Banevicius said in a statement yesterday.
The Associated Press explains that the book was taken out of circulation after an inmate at a different state institution ordered it. "The department said the purchase was temporarily denied and the book was removed from circulation at the York Correctional Institution library due to 'some of the graphic nature" of the content.'" the AP reported. The book's author, Wally Lamb, 62, is a 14-year prison volunteer who currently teaches a twice weekly workshop at the York women's prison.
It is unclear when the Department of Correction's ban officially began, but Lamb was informed about situation by a prison librarian who was instructed to take it off the shelves, and on Wednesday, Lamb sent the following update to his Facebook page:
For those unfamiliar with the book, She's Come Undone isn't exactly as steamy 50 Shades of Grey nor as violent and cruel Misery. Millions of copies have been sold, thanks in part to its appearance in the Oprah Book Club. In the book, (SPOILER) the female protagonist, Dolores Price, is raped, has a same-sex dalliance, and is married twice. But the majority and true central theme of the book is the way in which Price picks up the pieces of her life—a message that could really resonate with prisoners.