368 pages, 9.27 × 6.26 × 1.16 in
October 11, 2011
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0385676034
ISBN - 13: 9780385676038
Read from the Book
I was happily writing a thank-you card for a wedding gift when I heard the knock at my hotel room door. It was November 8, 2005, I was thirty years old, and my life was about to change forever. I was away from home, attending a school guidance counsellors’ conference. When I opened the door I expected to see my colleagues at the threshold, inviting me to breakfast. But instead, I saw what no one wants to see: the silhouette of a police uniform filling the frame. A colleague was standing behind him. My heart instantly filled with dread. Whatever news the officer was delivering, it was going to be bad. “Are you Shannon Moroney?” he asked. I nodded, fear blocking my throat. I was in Toronto, 150 kilometres away from my home in Peterborough. I thought of my dad and my brother first. As salesmen who worked in and around Toronto, they both drove a lot, and I pictured a car accident. Had one of them been hurt? Were they going to be okay? Seeming to read my mind, the officer said, “I’m not here because someone has died or been in an accident. I’m here about your husband. Are you Jason Staples’ wife?” His question flustered me at first. Today was my one-month wedding anniversary and I wasn’t used to my title of “wife” yet. During the last few weeks, Jason had been meeting me at the front door when I got home from work, saying, “Hello, my wife.” Batting my eyelashes theatrically and pretending to blush, I would reply, “Hello, my husband.” Then we would giggle and hug, and I’d step insi
From the Publisher
An impassioned, harrowing and ultimately hopeful story of one woman's pursuit of justice, forgiveness and healing.
When Shannon Moroney married in October of 2005, she had no idea that her happy life as a newlywed was about to come crashing down around her. One month after her wedding, a police officer arrived at her door to tell her that her husband, Jason, had been arrested and charged in the brutal assault and kidnapping of two women. In the aftermath of these crimes, Shannon dealt with a heavy burden of grief, the stress and publicity of a major criminal investigation, and the painful stigma of guilt-by-association, all while attempting to understand what had made Jason turn to such violence.
In this intimate and gripping journey into prisons, courtrooms and the human heart, Shannon reveals the far-reaching impact of Jason's crimes, the agonizing choices faced by the loved ones of offenders and the implicit dangers of a correctional system and a society that prioritizes punishment over rehabilitation, and victimhood over recovery.
About the Author
SHANNON MORONEY is a teacher, counselor and restorative justice advocate. She has spoken internationally on restorative justice and has extensively toured Canada and the U.S., addressing university and high school students, prison inmates, legal and mental health professionals and law-enforcers on the ripple effects of crime for all victims and for society at large. She is a volunteer with Leave Out Violence and is a contributor to The Forgiveness Project, an international charity that encourages and empowers people to explore the nature of forgiveness and alternatives to revenge.
“Through the Glass is a compelling documentation of a flawed penal system, a nuanced look at the humanity of a violent criminal, and a snapshot of the cognitive dissonance required by romantic love. Most of all, it’s a meditation on forgiveness.” —Maclean’s“A remarkable story… of love and betrayal, of a horribly broken man’s hidden brutality and his ex-wife’s boundless capacity to forgive.” —National Post“Gripping memoir . . . It is an engaging, compassionate story of a woman's quest for hope in the wake of trauma and violence.” —Winnipeg Free Press“There are many readers who will benefit immensely from Moroney's level-headed but passionate look at the journey on which she was thrust after her husband's crime.” —Edmonton Journal“Compelling, gripping, and eye-opening.... A heart-wrenching story — written with great clarity — of the grief, confusion, judgment and loss.” —Waterloo Chronicle"If you are going to read one book this year, let it be this one. You will never again forget, or take lightly, ALL the innocent victims of crimes." —The London Free Press "This is a well-written, emotion-filled book with many unanswered questions for society to deal with...it is a book that everyone should read." —The Peterborough Examiner "Through the Glass could easily have been the story of how Moroney’s life fell apart — and indeed, it did. But this is no 'poor-me' tale. It’s equal parts a how-to manual for anyone touched by crime, an indictment of the criminal justice system, an endors