|Pages/Publication Date:||262 / 2019|
Growing up during the Depression in the segregated coal town of Slab Fork, West Virginia, Doris Payne was told her dreams were unattainable for poor black girls like her. Using her Southern charm, quick wit, and fascination with magic as her tools, Payne began shoplifting small pieces of jewelry from local stores. Over the course of six decades, Payne became a world-class jewel thief, while her Jewish boyfriend fenced the stolen gems to Hollywood celebrities. It's hard to stay ahead of the law, but as Zelda Lockhart unforgettably details here, even prison couldn't contain this larger-than-life personality who used nuns to help her break out.