If you’re addicted to Orange Is the New Black, prepare to be riveted by this gritty story. Single mom Romy Hall is serving two consecutive life sentences for killing her stalker, and she takes the reader back and forth between her past—a neglected childhood followed by drug use and sex work—and the present. Rachel Kushner’s depiction of prison life ranges from harrowing to humorous, and you’ll find yourself feeling empathy for the inmates and rooting for Romy to be given a second chance.