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Out of Orange: A Memoir

Out of Orange: A Memoir

by Cleary Wolters

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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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062376152
Publisher: HarperOne
Publication date: 05/05/2015
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 551,000
File size: 615 KB

About the Author

Cleary Wolters is the real-life inspiration for the character Nora Jansen in Piper Kerman’s memoir and Alex Vause in the Netflix series Orange Is the New Black. Piper spent thirteen months in a Danbury, Connecticut, minimum-security prison beginning in 2004. Cleary, meanwhile, was charged with conspiracy to import heroin and served almost six years in a Dublin, California, prison before being paroled in 2008. Cleary has written poetry, fiction, and screenplays, the bulk of which were written during her prison sentence. This is her first memoir.

Table of Contents

Prologue: Karma 1

1 The Point of No Return 9

2 Homeward Bound 25

3 U-Haul, We Haul, We All Fall Down 42

4 Dial in for Mule 62

5 The Day of Living Dangerously 76

6 The Day After Tomorrow 99

7 A Midsummer Night's Dream 110

8 Stuck in the Middle with You 122

9 Planes, Trains, and Automobiles 143

10 Hurry Up! 162

11 Going Postal 170

12 Wheels on the Bus Go Round and Round 186

13 Leaving on a Jet Plane, Don't Know When I'll Be Back Again 198

14 Welcome to the Hotel California 212

15 Con Air 234

10 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest 245

17 Tatiana 254

18 Patches 267

19 Four Incident Reports and a Funeral 284

Epilogue: Karma Continued 301

Acknowledgments 303

About the Author 307

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