A Knock at Midnight

A Knock at Midnight Review

An inspiring true story about unwavering belief in humanity and an urgent call to free those buried alive by America's unjust legal system--from a gifted young lawyer whose journey marks the emergence of a powerful new voice in the movement to transform the system.

Brittany K. Barnett was only a law student when she came across the case that would change her life forever--that of Sharanda Jones, single mother, business owner and, like Brittany, black daughter of the rural South. A victim of America's ruthless and devastating war on drugs, Sharanda had been torn from the arms of her young daughter and was serving a life sentence without parole--all for a first-time drug offense. In Sharanda, Brittany saw haunting echoes of own life, both as the daughter of a formerly incarcerated mother and the one-time girlfriend of an abusive drug dealer. As she studied Sharanda's case, a system slowly came into focus: one where widespread racial injustice forms the core of our country's addiction to incarceration. Moved by Sharanda's plight, Brittany began to work towards her freedom.

This had never been the plan. Bright and ambitious, Brittany was already a successful accountant with her sights set on a high-powered future in corporate law. But Sharanda's case opened the door to a harrowing journey through the criminal justice system, in which people could be locked up for life under misguided appeals for law and order. Driven by the realization that her clients' fates could have easily been her own, Brittany soon found herself on a quest to unlock the human potential of those our society has forgotten how to see. Living a double life, she moved billion dollar corporate deals by day, and by night worked pro bono to free Sharanda and others in near-impossible legal battles. Ultimately, her journey transformed her understanding of injustice in the courts, of genius languishing behind bars, and the very definition of freedom itself. A Knock at Midnight is Brittany's riveting, inspirational memoir, at once a coming-of-age story and a powerful evocation of what it takes to bring hope and justice to a system built to resist both at every turn.

Title:A Knock at Midnight
Edition Language:English

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  • Jenna

    "I began to wonder whether America’s harsh drug sentences were tied to the drugs in a man’s hands or the melanin in his skin."While Brittany K Barnett was in law school, she came across the story ...

  • Maggie Holmes

    I grew up with Perry Mason and Nancy Drew and wanted to be a lawyer who saved innocent people and solved crimes. While I didn’t become a lawyer, I did become an avid consumer of books about innocent...

  • TL

    I won this via goodreads giveaways, all my opinions are my own:).*****Powerful and compelling, very hard to put down and I kept thinking about it each time I had to close the book for real life.It rea...

  • Caroline Craig David

    I can't recommend this book enough. The timing of this book being released soon is a blessing. Brittany Barnett is a wonderful storyteller as she describes her work to assist Sharonda Jones in getting...

  • Barbara (The Bibliophage)

    Originally published on my book blog, TheBibliophage.com.Brittany K. Barnett tells a series of moving and disturbing stories in her new memoir, A Knock at Midnight: A Story of Hope, Justice, and Freed...

  • Sara Broad

    "A Knock at Midnight" is a book for those people who want to learn more about the criminal justice system in America through the lens of Brittany Barnett, a talented writer and lawyer. Barnett's path ...

  • Carolyn Klassen

    A Knock at Midnight highlights a few stories among thousands. The underrepresented story of incarcerated Americans serving overly long sentences for the actual crimes they committed and the evidence i...

  • Sarah Canfield

    This book made me so mad (in the right way). The author used her own life experiences (drug addicted mom, unpredictable living arrangements) as motivation to take on two different passion projects. Th...

  • Harris

    POWERFUL. EMOTIONAL. Those are just some of the words that describe this extraordinary book that chronicles Ms. Barnett's personal life witnessing her mother's incarceration due to drug use and then h...

  • Carla (happiestwhenreading)

    I believe this book will be for me this year what Know My Name was for me last year…the most powerful and impactful book I’ve read all year.Not only is this memoir a glimpse into Barnett’s perso...