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Orange is the New Black: My Time in a Women's Prison

Orange is the New Black: My Time in a Women's Prison

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By (author) Piper Kerman

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  • Publisher: Abacus
  • Format: Paperback | 352 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 203mm x 23mm | 278g
  • Publication date: 15 August 2013
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0349139865
  • ISBN 13: 9780349139869
  • Sales rank: 1,076

Product description

With her career, live-in boyfriend and loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the rebellious young woman who got mixed up with drug runners and delivered a suitcase of drug money to Europe over a decade ago. But when she least expects it, her reckless past catches up with her; convicted and sentenced to fifteen months at an infamous women's prison in Connecticut, Piper becomes inmate #11187-424. From her first strip search to her final release, she learns to navigate this strange world with its arbitrary rules and codes, its unpredictable, even dangerous relationships. She meets women from all walks of life, who surprise her with tokens of generosity, hard truths and simple acts of acceptance. Now an original comedy-drama series from Netflix, Piper's story is a fascinating, heartbreaking and often hilarious insight into life on the inside.

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Author information

Piper Kerman is vice-president of a communications firm based in Washington, DC, and lives in Brooklyn, NYC, with her husband Larry Smith. She is a graduate of Smith College, Massachusetts. In 2004-05 she served a 15-month sentence in a US Federal women's prison. Her memoir of that experience, Orange Is the New Black, is now an original comedy-drama series from Lions Gate and Netflix, launching in July 2013. www.piperkerman.com

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I loved this book ... Not just a tale of prisons, drugs, crime, or justice; it is, simply put, a beautifully told story about how incredible women can be, and I will never forget it -- Elizabeth Gilbert, bestselling author of Eat, Pray, Love A bighearted book that depicts life in a women's prison with great detail and - crucially - with empathy and respect for Piper Kerman's fellow prisoners -- Dave Eggers, bestselling author of A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius A fantastic tale from the Siberia of America's war on drugs and a rippingly fun read right down to the unexpected moment of closure Elle magazine USA