In Conversation with Damien Echols and Lorri Davis, Authors of Yours for Eternity
Damien and Lorri will discuss their new book, Yours for Eternity, with journalist Selena Fragassi. This book is a follow-up to Life After Death, Damien's story of wrongful conviction of murder as part of the Memphis Three and subsequent twenty-year imprisonment on Death Row.
Beginning as an exchange of letters between two distant worlds and becoming a remarkable story of marriage, love, and salvation, YOURS FOR ETERNITY traces the development of Davis and Echols's relationship in alternating epistolary voices. The letters quickly moved from inquisitive formality ("I hope it doesn't freak you out to have someone that you don't even know mooning over you so much," wrote Davis) to a deeper exchange of ideas and intimacy ("You made me so happy today that there is no way I could express it, because I read some things in your letters that said things that I wanted to say but couldn't bring myself to say," Echols wrote.) As Davis and Echols described their worlds for each other, they broke down seemingly impossible barriers between them in order to create a world they could both inhabit. Watching movies at the same hour and sharing the same books became ways to be together, as did their "moon water" ritual (capturing the light of the moon in a glass of water and drinking it at an agreed-upon time). Under circumstances too restrictive for most of us to imagine, Davis and Echols found a way to learn each other's "magick," and to fall in love.
YOURS FOR ETERNITY is a collection of love letters, but it is also a meeting of minds and of will. Davis channeled her strength and resources over the years to ensure that the man she fell in love with was able to rejoin the world. Echols was finally released in 2011. Their account of how they kept their marriage alive and evolving is both moving and miraculous; an inspiring and romantic story of a love that was capable of sustaining two people through the depths of hell and back.
About the Authors
Damien Echols and Lorri Davis met in 1996, and were married in a Buddhist ceremony at Tucker Maximum Security Unit in Tucker, Arkansas, in 1999. As part of the "West Memphis Three," Echols was falsely accused of murder and spent nearly eighteen years on death row until his release in 2011. Echols is the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir, Life After Death (2012). Lorri Davis was born and raised in West Virginia. For more than a decade, Davis spearheaded a full-time effort toward her husband's release from prison, which encompassed all aspects of the legal case and forensic investigation; she was instrumental in raising funds for the defense and, with Echols, served as producer of the documentary West of Memphis. Echols and Davis live in New York.
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