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Day Stripper Paperback – October 1, 2000
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Aubrey is helped along by an assortment of strange yet endearing roommates and friends who add texture and redeeming humor to the story. Though at times defensive of her work Aubrey is painfully realistic and practical about it. In fact Aubrey's roommates have begun to worry that her job as a "testosterone mop" has robbed her of her sex drive.
Scholten (who worked her way through graduate school as a stripper) depicts the illusionary world of "Live Nude Girls" as often grim and sometimes bizarrely amusing but never erotic particularly for the women working in it. Although at times uneven Day Stripper is a promising first novel for Scholten. It will be interesting to see what future stories she pens.
Scholten does an amazing job of discussing the political, social, and economic ramifications of women working in the sex industry. Her points are not preachy or heavy handed, and what she straightforwardly presents as first-hand experience in the sex-industry is magnificently accompanied by a sophisticated mystery.
The only reason I have not give this novel 5 stars is that it really wasn't the best match for me as a reader. However, I would suggest this book to other people, if for nothing else, to experience the voice of an author who I hope continues to share her talents with others.
If you want to read a mystery that takes you through the in's and out's of San Francisco's seedy, sex-worker underworld take a look at this one. A great debut novel...