-Denise, who confronts the lasting impact of her childhood sexual trauma as she struggles with relationships and the realities of homelessness
-Rosa, a survivor of sex trafficking whose relationship with her mother--her trafficker--is fraught with conflicting feelings she works to resolve
-Carmen, whose search for love ultimately endangers not just her life but also the lives of her children
-Clara, who survived placement in the child welfare system only to experience having her own children sent to foster care
-Angela and Ronnie, two women navigating the complexities of sexuality and queerness in and out of prison Leap chisels away at superficial narratives to unearth pasts rife with struggle and oppression. She reveals the sharp edges of reentry and the wounds suffered by these women and their families, exposing a cycle of trauma that powers the revolving door of reentry and reincarceration. And, still, Entry Lessons is a book of hope just as much as it is of pain. Leap calls for systemic change through the development of meaningful reentry programs and policies that will have a lasting, life-changing impact on women as they rebuild their lives and especially as they are able to reclaim their children.