By conservative estimates, there are currently enough wrongfully convicted people in prison in the United States to fill a football stadium.
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Andre Dubus lived in Haverhill, Massachusetts, until his death earlier this year. He is the author of nine works of fiction and the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, including the PEN/Malamud Award and the Rea Award for Excellence in Short Fiction.
A sacrament is physical, and within it is God’s love; as a sandwich is physical, and nutritious and pleasurable, and within it is love, if someone makes it for you and gives it to you with love: even harried or tired or impatient love, but with love’s direction and concern, love’s again-and-again wavering and distorted focus on goodness, then God’s love, too, is in the sandwich.