Gilbert & Sullivan
Set Me Free
By Kathleen Karr
(Disney-Hyperion, Hardcover, 9780786819164, 240pp.)
Publication Date: June 1, 2003
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In prison, there are few secrets. But Libby Dodge, the youngest inmate, guards the nature of her crime from the other women, even as they openly recount their former lives as arsonists, thieves, and prostitutes. Libby's hopeless and miserable situation changes unexpectedly with the arrival of a new chaplain, Mrs. Wilkinson. Mrs. Wilkinson has surprising and newfangled ideas about prison reform, which include launching an elaborate production of Gilbert and Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance. The production transforms the women-their views of themselves, their abilities, their place in the world.