The real-life Alex Vause from the critically acclaimed, top-rated Netflix show Orange Is the New Black tells her story in her own words for the first time--a powerful, surprising memoir about crime and punishment, friendship and marriage, and a life caught in the ruinous drug trade and beyond. Fans nationwide have fallen in love with Orange Is the New Black, the critically acclaimed and wildly popular Netflix show based on Piper Kerman's sensational #1 New York Times bestseller. Now, Catherine Cleary Wolters--the inspiration for Alex Vause, Piper's ex-girlfriend, friend, and sometimes-romantic partner on the show--tells her true story, offering details and insights that fill in the blanks, set the record straight, and answer common fan questions. An insightful, frustrating, heartbreaking, and uplifting analysis of crime and punishment in our times, Out of Orange is an intimate look at international drug crime--a seemingly glamorous lifestyle that dazzles unsuspecting young women and eventually leads them to the seedy world of prison. Told by a woman originally thrust into the spotlight without her permission--Wolters learned about Piper's memoir in the media--Out of Orange chronicles Wolter's time in the drug trade, her incarceration, her friendships and acquaintances with odd cellmates, her two marriages, and her complicated relationship with Piper. But Wolters is not solely defined by her past; she also reflects on her life and the person she is today. Filled with colorful characters, fascinating tales, painful sobering lessons, and hard-earned wisdom, Out of Orange is sure to be provocative, entertaining, and ultimately inspiring.
I read the Kindle edition of this
If you have been reading my blog for awhile, you probably know that I was a big fan of Netflix’s Orange is the New Black. I had already read Piper Kerman’s memoir of the same name and the series really got to me.
After watching the series, my interest was piqued on the subject of incarceration and the justice system. When I saw this book come across my radar as a Kindle deal, I bought it without reading into it. It wasn’t until I read the opening few paragraphs that I realized…oh my god, this is the story about Alex! Except, really it wasn’t because the Alex Vause in the series was very heavily fictionalized. About the only similarity was the crime that was committed and even then, it was much more glamours on tv then in reality (as most things are).
I enjoyed this though. Cleary Wolters is a good writer and did a good job at capturing that time period in her life and the people in it. There isn’t much excitement, truthfully, and that was a good thing as this was clearly about how exciting drug smuggling is but instead how completely insane, dangerous and often time boring the profession is with not much profit.
I do kind of wish Wolters would have touched a little more on what the day to day life was like for her in prison but after Piper Kerman’s memoir it might have seemed a little too redundant.
Rating: four out of five stars