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No Man's Land Hardcover – Bargain Price, June 19, 2008
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Welsh-born, Cambridge-educated Fowler takes a cynical tone as she recreates her dizzying descent into New York's demimonde as a strip-club dancer. Assuming an alter ego she calls Mimi, a parasitical spirit, the author at age 26 arrived in New York to fill a void after graduating from Cambridge, then spent three years traveling around the world and working on boats as a chef. Back in Manhattan, she soon became one of the nameless crowd of undocumented workers, though white and educated, unable to secure paid work in her field of journalism and finally landing a job as a waitress at a midtown strip joint, Foxy's. But dancing was where the big money was, especially luring customers into the private Champagne Room, and, as Mimi, she proved a canny, quick learner of the booze-and-drugs grind as well as a loyal sounding board to the other girls of varying nationalities. Despite her self-imposed rules of no kissing and I don't do boyfriends, she fell tenderly for a fellow high-brow Englishman she named Eton, who offered to help pay for her visa application. In the end, Fowler's writing is self-conscious, though the disaffected female voices that haunt this work throughout are raw and angry. (June)
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About the Author
Ruth Fowler was raised in North Wales and graduated from Cambridge University. Under different pseudonyms, she has written for various publications, including The Village Voice and Wired. As the strip club dancer Mimi she was the subject of a feature article in The New York Times.
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It's a very sad work by what appears to be a very sad person. The organization of the book is semi-coherent, kind of a brain-dead picaresque. Some flashes of real talent are here, but they aren't maintained for more than a sentence or two and seem inconsistent. The book might be more tolerable, but the tone is so grating--reminiscent of the overprivileged girls from your high school who would interrupt history class to feign sophisticated outrage at what happened to Leonard Peltier--that it's very easy to hate her by book's end.
In the book, she insists that she ended up stripping because she couldn't get a work visa after 9/11. So, instead of going home and doing something gainful, she decides to become Mimi the stripper, spending her nights in the USA moving "deliberately, seductively and self-absorbed" on stage, but always keeping the reader keenly aware of her "higher than average" IQ and her penchant for yoga. Or something.
Maybe back in her Welsh village of 500 people (roots she is proud of) a book like this would be edgy and artsy enough to earn her respect as something more than a hack who has to purposely slum to have something to write about. But in the remaining literate corners of America, she is just another desperate lit-bimbo following in Diablo Cody's already tired footsteps. Not recommended.