January: A Woman Judge's Season of Disillusion by Marie CorbettJanuary: A Woman Judge's Season of Disillusion by Marie Corbett

January: A Woman Judge's Season of Disillusion

byMarie Corbett

Paperback | April 1, 2016

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An intimate look at the life of a female Superior Court judge, January entwines two stories – one personal, one professional – over one challenging, transformative year.

In the month of January, The Honourable Marie Corbett is adjudicating criminal trials on childhood sex abuse and other difficult cases. At the same time, she faces the imminent death from cancer of her closest friend, Anne Armstrong Gibson. Recently widowed, Anne must prepare her two young sons for life without her.

Marie travels daily between hospital ward and courtroom, reflecting on her own role as mother, wife, and trial judge. Recognizing the limitations of the criminal justice system, devastated by the death of her friend, Marie embarks on a path of self-discovery and faces a choice between civic duty and the life she wants to live.

The Hon. Marie Corbett is a retired Canadian Superior Court trial judge. A dedicated crusader for social justice in Canada, she was first woman president of the Canadian Environmental Law Association—just one of many achievements during Marie’s 13-year career. Marie Corbett lives and writes in Avondale, Newfoundland.
Title:January: A Woman Judge's Season of DisillusionFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:336 pages, 8.52 × 5.6 × 0.76 inShipping dimensions:8.52 × 5.6 × 0.76 inPublished:April 1, 2016Publisher:Marie CorbettLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0994924801

ISBN - 13:9780994924803


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Interesting I came across this book in my local library and as I enjoy biographies I gave it a go. The judge's perspective between the court atmosphere and that of her dying friend kept my attention. I recommend this book.
Date published: 2016-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this book! I just finished reading this wonderful heartwarming book. It is a well written touching story about a year in the lives of two friends, each railing against the inevitability of life. I highly recommend this book, and look forward to her next!
Date published: 2016-06-06
Rated 1 out of 5 by from This is a novel that did not need to be written Marie Corbett has written a piece of fiction with this book, disguised as fact. She got so many facts wrong I have to feel sorry for anyone who had a case in her courtroom. It is apparent that the writer was immensely jealous of Anne Gibson's real, true friends, who knew Anne for decades longer than the writer and stood by her throughout her illness. Marie Corbett makes out as though she's a saintly character, the only person who truly understood or cared for Anne. I believe that this was probably the first kind act that the writer ever performed and wanted to tell the world about it. I don't know who the target audience is for this book, but as a Lymphoma patient myself, I did not find it at all useful or helpful. I also can't imagine that it would be helpful or useful for any lawyer or judge. It's crystal clear that the writer was in love with her subject. It reads like the writer is using a public forum to 'come out of the closet', probably the reason she's now divorced. This is a book that did not need to be written, and should have stayed locked in the imagination of the writer.
Date published: 2016-05-03