The only thing that would’ve made the book Picking Cotton any better would have been if the true story had taken place in Alabama where we actually grow cotton. I was attracted to the title at the bookstore sidewalk sale because of its title, imagining some great fictional southern tale. What I found, though, was much better.
Cotton is a man’s last name, a man who spent 12 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit all because he was the one “picked” in the police lineup. Get the title now?
A woman was raped, and in the distressful moments that followed she made a mistake. Her mistake cost an innocent man a huge chunk of his life. But the greatest part of this story is the redemption and reconciliation that later takes place between accuser and accused.
This book is a good choice if you like true crime stories with happy endings. It’s also a quick and easy read, told in a back-and-forth first-person format.