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 number-one New York Times best seller. 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 Wolters'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.
©2015 Cleary Wolters (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers
Loved it! Was very interesting getting to know the real story behind OITNB and also from a different perspective, not just from Pipers'. Also, I love Barbara Rosenblats voice so it was perfect for me and I love how she was in the show as well :)
"Must read for OITNB fans"
And everyone else for that matter. I was totally enthralled by Piper Kerman's book, and proceeded to become equally obsessed with the show.
Consequently I was always most curious about the "Alex/Nora" character. Who was this woman? I totally admit to being one of those people early on, frantically googling "the real Alex Vause."
Finally we get to find out, and what a story. Fully engaging and entertaining- but at the same time, shining a much needed spotlight on our monstrously corrupt "justice" and prison systems.
We finally get our answers, we get a phenomenal story, and we also get a real wake up call. Piper Kerman is doing good work in the area of prison reform, and calling attention to the huge, huge miscarriages of justice, unfair sentencing practices and subhuman treatment of inmates that occurs on a daily basis. But a couple people are not enough. This is an issue that can touch ALL of us- and more easily than you would think. Something has to be done if this country is going to maintain its fast-fraying reputation as a "free country."
Big credit to Ms. Wolters for surviving what she did, and she's proven to be a fine writer. I hope people pay attention to this book.
The book was written with clarity and humor.
While the her drug currier involvement was off putting, I thoroughly was captivated by Wolters
"Fast moving !"
I've really enjoyed the "Orange is the New Black" book and Netflix series. I wasn't sure how this book would compare. I thought it might be a copycat of the original work. I was pleasantly surprised that this was the other side of the story and continued to show the daily strife and struggle of women in prison. Well done!
"Important Story to Tell"
I am a huge OITNB fan and have read Piper's book. I was happy to find another point of view from Cleary. This story sheds some light on the US prison system; thanks for having the courage to tell it Cleary.
The writing was good and I also enjoyed the raspy voice of the narrator. Her voice lent a little more credibility to the narrative.
"LOVE THIS BOOK"
yes, simply due to the narration! Barbara Rosenblat puts the right amount of attitude and humor into the words, and it's wonderful! She makes Alex Vause come alive!
considering this book is about Alex Vause...that is my answer
They already made it into a TV show and I can't wait to binge watch the next season!
if you love OITNB, you gotta read this book!
I absolutely love love love this! the performance was fantastic and hearing cleary's side of things was great too!
Once you start this book, you really can't stop! Super addictive listening for sure- I finished it in just a few days because I couldn't put it down. If you enjoyed the book "Orange is the New Black," as well as the show, then you will love this book just as much, I'm telling you! So interesting to hear the other side of the story from Wolter's perspective. Excellent reading by Ms. Rosenblat as well! Bravo ladies!!!
"So boring I could not make myself listen anymore"
Someone with a lot of time on their hands and a lot of focus and patience.
All of the guys involved in the drug deals. I found it hard to keep up, and there was so much unnecessary detail that it made me lose focus and added to my confusion.
Slow moving, boring, didn't seem to get to a point after even 6 hours of listening. This book should come with a character map and maybe then people could keep up.
I love how she took us through all the emotions she felt from start to finish. I have listened to this three times now.
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