Cano, Kim: On the Inside

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3D On The InsideWhen Kristen is sentenced to seventeen years for committing a white collar crime, she’s forced to leave her husband and two sons behind.

Life in prison is a shock. She discovers that people aren’t always what they seem, love wears many faces, and friendship can make life worth living.

But as she struggles to survive on the inside, Kristen must face something even more frightening than her fellow inmates. . . herself.

New Ditzel

5.0 out of 5 stars A powerful story of love, hardship, devotion, sorrow, and forgiveness December 10, 2013

By Clare Chu

Kristen is the main character. She’s in jail for bilking her employer out of a huge sum of money. In the process, she lost the trust of her husband and children and virtually bankrupted them. They are bitter and wary of her, but she continues to send letters to her husband telling him how sorry she is. The only family member to write back is her sister-in-law, Olivia, who extends a lifeline to her with family pictures and events.

We also meet an array of colorful characters from the flashy inmate, Lupe, to the prison psychiatrist, Megan, the warden, Laura, Kristen’s antagonist, Jess, and many others. Each person has their story, their trials, and triumphs, and you’ll find yourself rooting for all of them.

Ms. Cano expertly weaves in multiple points of view to make you understand and empathize with all of these people. Each has his or her own pain and sorrow as well as aspirations for a better future. Necessarily, some of the stories end tragically whereas others move on as best they can. But Kristen and the others learn to take happiness in small places and to accept what can’t be changed.

New DitzelREVIEW:

Occasionally a book comes along that reaches off the pages and takes on a life of its own. “On the Inside” is one of those books.


Kim Cano has reached in to the heart of a women’s prison and captured the essence of how the women live, the relationships that form and the interaction with the different staff members. The challenges faced by family members and the loved ones of prisoners are accurately portrayed. The hurt, the anger and the avoidance is very honest. Ms. Cano has written such honest characters and situations and exhibits a great understanding a love for her sister-in-law on the inside. Every inmate should be so loved and understood!

“On the Inside” is a book that will reach inside you, twist your gut and break your heart. I highly recommend Kim Cano’s “On the Inside”.

~Patricia, Room With Books~ © Jan 16, 2014

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CopyofPictureKim Cano is the author of For Animal Lovers, a short story collection for kids ages 9 to 12. It also appeals to adult readers who are young at heart. 10% of the sale price is donated to the ASPCA® to help homeless pets.

A Widow Redefined is Kim’s debut women’s fiction novel. It’s a story of a young woman’s journey through grief and the transformational power of friendship.

Kim has also written Dogschwitz. A novella about Rory, the dog that cheated death. It’s been described as “a little book with a huge impact.”

Kim is an animal activist and lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband and cat.




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One thought on “Cano, Kim: On the Inside”

  1. Patricia,
    Thanks so much for the positive review. Writing this book was one of the most cathartic experiences of my life. I pray every night for my sister-in-law’s safety in prison.
    Kim Cano

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