A woman without a compass, Jane doesn't have the faintest idea how to ask for help. But she knows how to run. And run she does, packing up and heading west. Determined to shake off a life that feels like a dead end, she leaves Manhattan behind, along with her diffident boyfriend and a passionless job. Like the Mormons before her, Jane finds herself in Salt Lake City and lands the most unlikely of jobs in such territory -- answering phones at a Mormon-endorsed escort agency.
Jane's ability to cajole the timid callers, befriend the disparate gaggle of call girls, and remember important birthdays propels her into the role of agency den mother. But the inexorable pull of the darkness and risk of an escort's life is a temptation she doesn't have the willpower to refuse. As she tests the waters, hesitantly at first, but soon with a brazen confidence, Jane discovers more than the sordid side of sex for sale. Her inability to set boundaries may lead her into untenable situations, but if she survives them, they may yield a new vision of her unexplored potential.
Calling Out is a provocative and page-turning debut novel, one that captures the landscape and cultural contradiction in an unlikely place for starting over, but one, for Jane, more forgiving than what she's left behind. (Fall 2006 Selection)