“A rhapsody of self-deprecation with notes of anger, defiance, and pragmatism mixed in . . . This is a provocative and mesmerizing story.” Lisa Nussbaum, Library Journal
978-0-8021-7002-6 • $12.00 • Paperback • Jan. 2005
Magnetic prose reveals the mind of one woman who sells her body in what André Rollin of Le Canard Enchaîné calls “one hell of a book”
In Whore, Cynthia describes how a childhood among Catholic nuns, with an unforgiving father and a mother she despises, led her to become a prostitute working in Montreal. Cynthia never glamorizes her lifecontempt, anger, and resignation ring out from the pagesbut her descriptions are engrossing and her prose incisive.
Cynthia recounts how she suffered anorexia as a teenager, her conflicted feelings for her father, and her contempt for her mother’s weakness. She ponders her decision not to clean her room, to remind her customers of the many others who have also been there. When Cynthia talks about picking up the condoms of customers she also reflects on the endless parade of johns.
And then there are the men: young, athletic Mathieu, who makes Cynthia realize that the wrinkles of her other customers make her feel young. There is “Jean the Hungarian,” who has only one arm, the other a stump that neither of them mentions. There is Michael, dubbed “the Blackbird of Sabbath” because of his somber demeanor, whose visits lead Cynthia to reflect on the whores of the Bible.
Disarmingly poetic, Whore is an engrossing and troubling look inside the mind of one woman who makes her living selling her body.