Between the pulp fiction-y covers lie a compendium of stories written by the grand dames of the suspense and crime genre, from 1940 to 1976. The stories, written by women, and about women, are as dark and insidious as thunder storms in summer, and as thrilling. The contrast between the womanly subject matter and the shadowy events that transpire, is sharpened by the bleached, socially constructed concept of femininity, leading to even darker conclusions than one may expect. At once, these tales are indispensable and unforgettable, and during the short time it took me to devour this anthology, the delicious tales infiltrated my dreams. This is an essential and basic addition to any suspense lover’s library.
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Published: Penguin Books - August 27th, 2013
Piper Kerman's memoir, the inspiration behind the hit Netflix series, is a tough and deeply moving account of her year in Danbury, Connecticut's premier women's prison. The highlight of the book is the cast of characters; women whose lives, hardships, and journeys to prison are heartbreaking and infuriating and will forever harden your view of the prison-industrial complex. Although, at times, the memoir is laugh out loud funny, Kerman really excels at describing the power of female relationships, the mental torment of being denied physical contact, and the harsh injustices within the penal system. The memoir is nearly impossible to put down and left this reader in such emotional turmoil, that my fellow metro passengers must have questioned my mental health when I veered from maniacal laughter to hysterical tears as I devoured this unforgettable book on my morning commute.