New York: Scribner, 2018. Peter Mendelsung (jacket design). First Edition, First Printing. Hardcover. Signed by author. Used - Fine/As New. Quarter cloth black boards with silver lettering to spine. Maroon endpapers. Clean, unmarked, tight. Signed by author in black ink on title page. 15.5 x 23.5 cm. 338 pp. / Fine/As New. Mylar protective cover applied. Item #11415
It’s 2003 and Romy Hall, named after a German actress, is at the start of two consecutive life sentences at Stanville Women’s Correctional Facility, deep in California’s Central Valley. Outside is the world from which she has been severed: her young son, Jackson, and the San Francisco of her youth. Inside is a new reality: thousands of women hustling for the bare essentials needed to survive; the bluffing and pageantry and casual acts of violence by guards and prisoners alike; and the deadpan absurdities of institutional living, portrayed with great humor and precision.