Book review: Out of Orange: A Memoir by Cleary Wolters


Out of Orange: A Memoir by Cleary Wolters (first published in 2015 by HarperCollins)

Alex Vause as we know her - the woman behind the glasses, husky voice, winged jet black eyeliner and pale skin – is much different in real life.

Her recently released memoir Out of Orange: A memoir delves into the seedy world of international drug trade and cartels – the dangers involved and the risks taken by young, naïve people and (mostly women) who are in it to make a quick wad of cash (it’s a lot of money per trip). 

A big payoff requires high risk. But how long will your luck last? The million dollar question. It tells the story of how Wolters was coerced into the trade and how she ended up introducing Piper Kerman (“Chapman”) to get involved in criminal activities that would eventually send them both to jail – to experience a whole new set of challenges set out in detail by Wolters. 

She also speaks about the many inconsistencies in Piper’s story. OITNB, the Netflix series that we’ve all come to know and love is based on a book, Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison, written by Piper.  

Wolters uses this memoir to set a lot of things straight, e.g. she said she and Piper never actually had sex in prison and they were only together in the same prison for less than 5 weeks. The show, naturally, romanticised prison relationships. Something Cleary says is complete bull. Is much more primal than that. Wolters’ past was also not as colourful as presented on TV. 

The book is ideal for those who love non-fiction, crime and punishment stories filled with sobering life lessons told from the horse’s mouth.

Keen on reading this book? Buy your copy now.


18 of the best female TV characters of all time

Why do young women join cults?

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For 14 free days, you can have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today. Thereafter you will be billed R75 per month. You can cancel anytime and if you cancel within 14 days you won't be billed. 
Subscribe to News24
Voting Booth
Do you think it's important to get married in this day and age?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Yes, it's important in order to create a family unit and for companionship
22% - 688 votes
Not at all. Being single is far more liberating
9% - 284 votes
There is no general answer to this, it's each to their own
50% - 1569 votes
Yes, society still frowns on unmarried people, especially women
1% - 40 votes
It depends on whether you are able to find a compatible partner
18% - 562 votes