Book: The Queen's Gambit
Author: Walter TevisWhen she is sent to an orphanage at the age of eight, Beth Harmon soon discovers two ways to escape her surroundings, albeit fleetingly: playing chess and taking the little green pills given to her and the other children to keep them subdued. Before long, it becomes apparent that hers is a prodigious talent, and as she progresses to the top of the US chess rankings she is able to forge a new life for herself. But she can never quite overcome her urge to self-destruct. For Beth, there’s more at stake than merely winning and losing.-Goodreads
Review: I watched the Netflix show before reading this (something I try to not to do) but in this case, the book is so well written (with just enough subtle differences from the show) that I still loved it.