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Breaking My Silence: Confessions of a Rat Pack Party Girl and Sex-Trade Survivor Paperback – November 10, 2010
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About the Author
Jane McCormick is a sex-trade survivor and was a “high-class call girl” and former prostitute. Today, she is a successful entrepreneur and a women’s advocate. Patty Wicklund grew up in North Minneapolis. She received a BA in fine arts from Metropolitan State University and a BFA in visual communications cesign from Minneapolis College of Art and Design.
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All of these questions have been answered for me through my reading of Breaking My Silence. Jane McCormick takes you through her childhood, her start in the business and even into her life with some of her "Johns" from her "little black book." She tells of her abuse as a child, as an adult and finally her escape. After reading Breaking My Silence I saw Jane as a strong person who was determined to do whatever was needed to get her children back into her life and to do whatever it took to make her life as complete as possible without the prostitution. This was one of the most informative books I've ever read about a subject that is normally kept behind closed doors.
Instead, what I got was a poorly-written, plodding chronological tale that was depressing and lacked depth. Surely Jane's story is sad; as a mother of two my heart broke for the decisions she had to make and the tough period of history she made them in. However, her story was told without perspective, and without much personal accountability. At the end, she's still a victim of her times and of those around her. Uninspiring, dry, and kind of a downer. Sorry, Jane.
The story was not what I expected, the ending left you hanging.
In this book, the Jane McCormick breaks her silence and shares with us a life that was so filled with pain and torment- that pure grit and determination to make things right for herself and her two little girls propelled her into a life that most of us could only dream about.
If you are a woman, imagine if you can, of finding yourself, all of a sudden, in bed with a superstar entertainer. If you lived during the 60's the names Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis and old blue eyes himself, Frank Sinatra come to mind. The author became a high price Las Vegas call girl and found herself in bed with several big names of the time, including all of the above; but as adventurous and exciting as it all seems- the reality of it all is much different.
This story, even with its dark side, is perculating and tantalizingly exciting but it also comes with a very strong and important message that many should pay attention to. This is a book that should be read by anyone who has been sexually abused and or anyone who is thinking about heading to the bright lights of Vegas in search of riches. I read this book in record time and couldn't pull my eyes away from the pages.
To fill the hole in her heart, Jane tried to find the American dream complete with a little house complete with white picket fence. Instead, she plunged into bad relationships with men who never put her first and a dysfunctional marriage which eventually took away her two children, her life raft in a struggle that became more turbulent with each passing day.
I was surprised to find that half of this memoir is about Jane's life before she makes her way to Hollywood and eventually to high stakes prostitution in Las Vegas. I was happily surprised because hers is a true story of resilience and an unrequited longing for love. It is both sad and wonderful that a little girl can maintain that longing while being sexually abused at the hands of a stepfather who threatened to kill her if she talked. Jane makes the most of it until she flees, but she unknowingly falls into the seductive world of fast cash and fame. As with all of us, our emotional life has its high points, but Jane's are far too few.
This is a book of unembellished literary style. It is a straightforward narrative that captures the innocence of a woman deprived of love from the get-go. Hers is an honest account of contrasts. Some of the most degrading abuse is set against a background of wonderful moments in the life of a woman who takes refuge in petty prostitution that quickly escalates to one of the best paying jobs in 1960s Las Vegas--a high roller prostitute. Some of her tricks are one-nighters, while others, for instance her relationship with what many consider the world's greatest crooner, Frank Sinatra, span years.
Jane has a clear mission, to make big money by providing companionship and sexual satisfaction to her customers, and to eventually leave the business and retrieve her children from a mother-in-law who once knocked her down. (She seemed to see past Jane's perceived faults when confronted with a lot of money to care for the kids.)
Throughout most of her career, Jane held her head high, unashamed, and uninhibited by the side-glances and jealous stares of people with "respectable" jobs. In a search for a normal life, Jane slowly slips into destructive relationships. A mobster threatens to kill her. Finally, she escapes from Las Vegas and the man who sucks her dry of everything she owns.
McCormick is a kind of Barbarella searching not for an evil sex maniac in the 41st century, but for happiness for herself and her children in the 20th century world of mink coats, diamonds, big money, and fame. As you might expect, a story like this draws to a conclusion that is not one McCormack would have liked. However, free from the old life, she is on another mission--to help women learn about the trade in the classroom and not on the streets. She has dedicated her life to this pursuit and to providing help for women already caught in the cycle of tricks and money, manipulative men and high times. After reading this book, I can tell you one thing for sure--this is advice from someone who knows.
Author Wicklund had a real task on her hands translating and shaping Janes's story. Although the writing style could use a bit more dramatization (without being specious) I believe Ms. Wicklund captures the true voice of Jane McCormick and for that the book deserves to be read. I give it 5 stars.