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When seventeen year old T.J Parsell held up the local Photo Mat with a toy gun, he was sentenced to four and a half to fifteen years in prison The first night of his term, four older inmates drugged Parsell and took turns raping him When they were through, they flipped a coin to decide who would own him Forced to remain silent about his rape by a convict code among iWhen seventeen year old T.J Parsell held up the local Photo Mat with a toy gun, he was sentenced to four and a half to fifteen years in prison The first night of his term, four older inmates drugged Parsell and took turns raping him When they were through, they flipped a coin to decide who would own him Forced to remain silent about his rape by a convict code among inmates one in which informers are murdered , Parsell s experience that first night haunted him throughout the rest of his sentence In an effort to silence the guilt and pain of its victims, the issue of prisoner rape is a story that has not been told For the first time Parsell, one of America s leading spokespeople for prison reform, shares the story of his coming of age behind bars He gives voice to countless others who have been exposed to an incarceration system that turns a blind eye to the abuse of the prisoners in its charge Since life behind bars is so often exploited by television and movie re enactments, the real story has yet to be told Fish is the first breakout story to do that.


  • Title: Fish: A Memoir of a Boy in a Man's Prison
  • Author: T.J. Parsell
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Comments Fish: A Memoir of a Boy in a Man's Prison

  • Stephen

    While I tend not to like books that dwell on the prurient interests surrounding the rapes of young guys in prison, this book held some appeal because it dealt with the prisons in my home state of Michigan. I had an uncle that made a few mistakes and did a stretch at the state penitentiary in Jackson Michigan. My grandmother often visited my uncle there and usually got my dad to take her. One time my mom and dad decided to drop my grandma off with us kids in the car. The high walls and the machin [...]


  • Danny Tyran

    Early in his memoirs, T.J. Parsell doesn't yet know that he is gay. He wondered about that, but he makes a young woman pregnant. He discovers his homosexuality in prison. The theme of his memoirs is entirely focused on his coming of age, his discovery of his homosexuality and his coming out.One day, he commits a crime: he robs a Fotomat with a toy gun. But US laws consider that even if the gun was a toy, Parsell nevertheless committed a robbery and he was sentenced and imprisoned for that crime. [...]


  • Jay Bell

    Who isn’t fascinated by prison life? I’ve watched a slew of movies and documentaries, but they always left me hungry for more detail. When I heard an interview with the author on BBC radio some years back, the concept of a gay man being behind bars intrigued me. Would he find it easier to cope with the sexual aspect of playing a boy to a man that protected him? I finally got around to reading this book recently, and boy was it a much needed eye opener!I’m not much of a nonfiction guy, but [...]


  • Robert

    What led me this story was an interest in reading someone's tale of surviving prison abuse. I didn't pay much attention to the description of the book or its author. What I found was a truly emotional story about a young gay man who came from a dysfunctional family and made some very poor choices in life. How the system treated him was shocking but not a total surprise. What he chose to do with himself during his incarceration and afterwards is inspiring. The graphic nature of the author's story [...]


  • Cory

    I was completely sucked in and captivated from the start. I had to keep reminding myself that this wasn't fiction, which made some parts difficult to read as it really humanized it for me. I finished it this morning and I can't stop thinking about it. There are people that touched Parsell's life in prison and I keep wondering 'where are they now'? Very eye opening and thought provoking read!


  • Gregory

    Definitely a page turner. You cringe with what might come next. Yet, it is more the sick side of human nature that I found that I was curious about what comes next. You want something awful to happen so you can recoil and the difficulty as to which this man survived the experience. As a true tale, you feel awful for the guy and can't imagine what he went through. It was a really sad read but good. However, I felt like a voyeur - or a serf in medievil times willing going to the Town Square to wat [...]


  • Kiesha

    Sexual violence and prison - two of my greatest fears. Prison hyper-masculinity, power, and rape. In an institutionalized community where violence is one of the few commodities, the author shares his story of sexual abuse and his struggle to come to terms (and self acceptance)with his own sexuality and identity. This terrible, horrific tale of a survivor's story kept me up two nights in a row. I couldn't relax enough to fall asleep because as soon as I did I knew the night terrors would chase me [...]


  • Ilene

    This is a man's story, his real life so how could I adequately review it? I can't it is not my right.It was gritty, raw and heartbreaking BUT he made it out and thrived. Most writers embellish but I fear that TJ may have actually downplayed some of what happened. I pray that these Hell's he wrote about don't go on anymore but my guess is they still do. Times advance and prisoners get more crafty. Prisoners deserve prison? Sure but the punishment doesn't always fit the crime.T.J. thank you for te [...]


  • Gayle

    This book simply has to be read to be appreciated. It is written by a man who was a boy (17) when he was sent to a man's prison for robbing a Fotomat with a plastic toy gun. In the beginning I was engaged in this boy's story. In that dark world people do whatever it takes to survive, and apparently almost constant sex is what it takes! However, out of 336 pages, probably 300 were just that-s-e-x. I realize the point of the story is getting across how young men who never should have entered an ad [...]


  • Sarah

    This is the true story of a 17-year old boy sent to prison for holding up a photo-mat with a toy gun. Yes, it was a practical joke that put him behind bars for four years. In addition to experiencing prison rape, power politics and the label attached to being inside a maximum-security prison by guards, family and society, he had to go through a painful struggle to accept his sexuality. Not many people can say they came out, were raped in prison and then achieve a stable enough life to feel comfo [...]


  • Hannah

    "Chicken Soup for the Gay Prison Raped Soul" I decided to read the book after binge-watching the Netflix Orange is the New Black, before reading the memoir of the same name that inspired the show, as a sort of grounding action before reading the less representative experiences of Piper Kerman. I found the book at the top of several lists for prison culture non-fiction. Fish: A Memoir is often cited as a sort of songbook for the prison rights' activists since the author, T.J. Parsell, is an activ [...]


  • Jennifer Vogel

    I found this book as a suggestion on amazon. I'm not into reading gay/lesbian literature, but this was a good book. It is extremely sexually graphic. It gives an account of a young man sent to prison for a relatively minor crime. He is then raped and treated like a piece of property his entire stay in prison. He explains what it's like to be controlled by other prisoners and how there is really no help for men that can't protect themselves. As he did, you just have to give in and put your time i [...]


  • CMolieri

    It's been a really long time since a book was capable of moving me to tears, but by the last pages I was sobbing. Parsell writes about serving time in prison when he was 17 with painful honesty about vulnerability, violence, the brutality of rape, coming to terms with his sexuality in a hostile setting while trying to survive his term. Stunning.


  • Jeannie

    Hard hitting and brutal true story of what happens to a young man thrown into a maximum security prison. What stood out for me was his courage in telling his story, most people suffering this treatment in prison wouldn't be as forthcoming about it. He comes out of the system a better person which speaks volumes for who he really is. A good read that never bored me.


  • Rick

    Harrowing, thought-provoking, and heartbreaking, this account of a 17 year old's years in adult prison is not an easy read, but it's ultimately immensely gratifying.


  • Lola

    This book is just.wow. So brutal. The author is very brave. I hope the prison system will continue to improve to avoid tragedies and mistakes.


  • Mohd Yasim

    Life is a series of choices, and most choices are based on two things: love or fear. But what happen when life leaves you with a very limited options and in order to survive you either fight or submit.


  • Rose Gluck

    The Story:In what would turn out to be a horrible mistake with tragic consequences, seventeen-year-old Tim Parsell holds up a photo store with a toy gun. The stunt had been a gag but the girl behind the counter thinks the gun is real and hands a small sum of cash over to Tim who takes it and walks away home. Tim is arrested and booked for armed robbery. He is convicted and sentenced to up to 15 years in the Michigan prison system. It doesn’t matter that the gun was a toy, the employee thought [...]


  • T.S.

    I never heard of this book until recently. After the last "page," my Kindle directed me to related books that readers of "Orange is the New Black" have read. Given this, I thought the book would be an interesting comparison, given that it is set in a men's state prison rather than in a women's federal prison. The book, however, provides very little insight into how a state ran prison operates. Instead, it is more of a coming of age story. Specifically, it's how one young man, who enters prison a [...]


  • K.j.

    It was easy for me to imagine the struggles the author faced as I have worked in a jail setting. Though I am happy to say nothing like that ever occurred while I was working/or in the facility that I worked at- that any of us know of- I can see how easily those actions could go unnoticed.The terrible cycle our legal system has created is so disheartening. The people I met from inside those walls were no different than myself. Making a poor decision can change your life forever. And once that dec [...]


  • George Ilsley

    This review must be split into two parts.First, the story itself. I kept thinking about "cruel and unusual punishment" while reading this account, because surely facing rape in prison should be considered cruel and unusual punishment. Parsell is young and naive when he enters the prison system, and so are many young adult offenders. I do not agree with the reviewers here who claim that Parsell has "romanticized" his experiences. His reactions was completely believable (perhaps people need to res [...]


  • Leslie Nicoll

    Very graphic and at times difficult to read memoir of the author's incarceration, beginning when he was 17. Tim came from a dysfunctional family where the expectation was not that you'd graduate from high school but rather, you'd go to jail. In that respect, Tim didn't disappoint. Convicted of armed robbery for holding up a PhotoMat with a toy gun (the author says he did it to impress the girl working in the booth) he is sent to a high security, closed custody prison. His first day there, drugge [...]


  • Erayna

    I found this to be a very brutal read. A very good read, but brutal nonetheless. The author's recounting of the sexual abuses he endured in prison are very graphic and wrenching. At least for me they were. I winced and turned my head away many times as I read this, as if I were turning away from a scene in a movie. It was really rough, and I cannot begin to imagine coming out of a situation like this with any shred of sanity, let alone being able to live the life the author has lived since this [...]


  • Jordan Stoeger

    I don't think anyone can doubt that this is a story that needs to be told. The rights afforded to those incarcerated, especially on regards to protection from the types of abuses Parsell describes, need to be reevaluated. I took off two stars for a few reason: first, there are a number of grammatical errors. I found over two dozen instances where a sentence was missing a word or the grammar or punctuation was otherwise incorrect. Very frustrating and definitely distracts from the experience of r [...]


  • Wendy Lu

    I like the falling down and the getting up and the whole sentiment of hitting the bottom so hard that whatever opportunities God puts in front of you after, you do the work because you're never, ever going back to that place again. I like the failure and the anger and the years of drug abuse and alcoholism and self destruction that come after the precipice. I like the eventual success, and its total lack of poetry, of story narrative rules. Also, I like the love story here. I don't know whether [...]


  • Maria

    It appears that how much you enjoy or abhor this books depends on what your looking for when you open it. I knew what I was getting myself into before I started reading. I applaud Mr. Parsell for sharing his story. I can only imagine what courage it must have taken to dredge up what must be the most horrifying encounters of his life. The book sheds light on prison culture/prison thinking, the frequency of prison rape, and makes one question the practice of sending teenage boys to facilities that [...]


  • Wendy

    This is a very intersting book. I have always been interested in the prison stories. I do think that there needs to be many changes in the way the prisons are run and how the prisoners are treated. I'm glad to see that there are people out there making changes. This book is very graphic in what happens to the seventeen year old boy in prison and I found a lot of it disturbing and my heart went out to him, I am glad to hear it has a good ending and that he made a good life for himself.


  • Jen

    This was a hard to read book because of the content. It was about a young man who went to prison at age 17. It is his account of rape and the horrors of what happened to him. The book was so sad and depressing, and hopefully things have improved since the late 70's when Parsell was incarcerated.


  • Alice

    if you like auto/biographies and can take all the grammatical/spelling errors. the author was incarcerated from ages 17 through 21 and currently works as a human rights activist for elimination of sexual abuse in all stages of incarceration.


  • Fox

    This book was incredible. The emotions come through the writing brilliantly. I think I read it in two days. It was one I couldn't put down. It really raises awareness of prison sexual assault as well.


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