Romy Hall is on a bus to a federal correctional institute, about to begin serving her two consecutive life sentences, plus six years, at Stanfield Women's Correctional Facility. Throughout the book, we learn about her upbringing, how she got here, and how she navigates the intricacies of prison life. But we also get to see the perspectives of a prison tutor and the stalker whom Romy is imprisoned for killing.

This book contains multitudes. I didn't expect to be so enchanted by such a gritty story, but Kushner's writing is wonderful. I suggest this for anyone who likes a character driven, beautifully written, thoughtful story.

Try The Mars Room if you enjoyed An American Marriage by Tavari Jones or Hag-seed: The Temptest Retold by Margaret Atwood.

Recommended by Kim Anguish

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