Sarah Shourd

Sarah Shourd, a journalist and playwright, was held as a political hostage by the Iranian government, including 410 days in solitary, an experience she chronicled in A Sliver of Light: Three Americans Imprisoned in Iran.
She is a co-editor, with Jean Casella and James Ridgeway, of Hell Is a Very Small Place: Voices from Solitary Confinement (The New Press) and lives in Oakland, California.

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News and Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Hell is a Very Small Place is Heather Ann Thompson's pick in Publishers Weekly’s "Top Authors Pick Their Favorite Books of 2016" feature

The Los Angeles Review of Books

Stephen Lurie reviews Hell Is a Very Small Place in The Los Angeles Review of Books.

Counterpunch

Read Counterpunch's review of Hell Is a Very Small Place

Slate

Watch an interview with two of the formerly incarcerated men profiled in Hell Is a Very Small Place on Slate

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Books by Sarah Shourd

Hell Is a Very Small Place
Voices from Solitary Confinement

Jean Casella, James Ridgeway, Sarah Shourd