Debbie Doesn't Do It Anymore: A Novel

Debbie Doesn't Do It Anymore: A Novel

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by Walter Mosley
     
 

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In this scorching, mournful, often explicit, and never less than moving literary novel by the famed creator of the Easy Rawlins series, Debbie Dare, a black porn queen, has to come to terms with her sordid life in the adult entertainment industry after her tomcatting husband dies in a hot tub. Electrocuted. With another woman in there with him. Debbie decides

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In this scorching, mournful, often explicit, and never less than moving literary novel by the famed creator of the Easy Rawlins series, Debbie Dare, a black porn queen, has to come to terms with her sordid life in the adult entertainment industry after her tomcatting husband dies in a hot tub. Electrocuted. With another woman in there with him. Debbie decides she just isn't going to "do it anymore." But executing her exit strategy from the porn world is a wrenching and far from simple process.

Millions of men (and no doubt many women) have watched famed black porn queen Debbie Dare—she of the blond wig and blue contacts-"do it" on television and computer screens every which way with every combination of partners the mind of man can imagine. But one day an unexpected and thunderous on-set orgasm catches Debbie unawares, and when she returns to the mansion she shares with her husband, insatiable former porn star and "film producer" Theon Pinkney, she discovers that he's died in a case of hot tub electrocution, "auditioning" an aspiring "starlet." Burdened with massive debts that her husband incurred, and which various L.A. heavies want to collect on, Debbie must reckon with a life spent in the peculiar subculture of the pornography industry and her estrangement from her family and the child she had to give up. She's done with porn, but her options for what might come next include the possibility of suicide. Debbie . . . is a portrait of a ransacked but resilient soul in search of salvation and a cure for grief.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
03/17/2014
A pornographic actress, Debbie Dare, comes to terms with her past after her husband’s death, in Mosely’s shocking but ultimately flat 43rd book. Here, the author forgoes the well-plotted mystery genre he’s staked his name on; his latest novel finds its intrigue in the profession of its well-developed main character. Fully realized and sympathetic, Debbie is among Mosely’s best creations to date, due to a well-wrought first-person perspective and snap-tight dialogue. She navigates an L.A. landscape fleshed out with bizarre characters, from porn producers and a mafia hit man to the mother of her deceased husband, who help her distinguish her identity from her on-screen persona. While Debbie is an elemental creation in Mosely’s canon, a strong female character with an impeccable voice, the book itself is slow paced, with an unsatisfying climax. Perhaps in a sequel, the author will find the right book in which to place his new heroine. (May)
From the Publisher
Praise for DEBBIE DOESN'T DO IT ANYMORE:

"This could be the best thing Mosley has written in years, a deeply affecting story of a woman whose determination to pull herself out of one life and into another is tested almost to its limits by things she can't control—until she finds a way to control them...[Mosley is] back at the top of his game here."
Booklist, starred review

"The premise is jarring, yet Mosley is able to pain a picture of ordinary people. He shows the humanity of the characters despite their flaws."
Library Journal

Library Journal
03/15/2014
Winner of PEN America's Lifetime Achievement Award and famous for his best-selling historical mysteries starring hard-boiled detective Easy Rawlins, Mosley returns with an ambitious and intriguing novel about how we act in challenging situations. Black porn star Debbie Dare, who typically wears a blonde wig and blue contacts, arrives home to find the electrocuted body of husband Theon in the hot tub with an underage girl who is just a little older than Debbie was when she met him. In the following days, she takes care of her husband's affairs, connects with his mother, and chooses a different profession. The premise is jarring, yet Mosley is able to paint a picture of ordinary people. He shows the humanity of the characters despite their flaws: "I loved Theon in my sleep that night," says Debbie. "He was an ideal husband, a man who took care of so many people and things that he didn't have time for children—or even a proper job." VERDICT Like Eric Jerome Dickey's Genevieve, this book will appeal to readers who like their erotic fiction with a little depth. [See Prepub Alert, 12/7/13.]—Ashanti White, Yelm, WA
Kirkus Reviews
2014-02-02
A porn star experiences an epiphany of sorts in the wake of her husband's death. Prolific novelist Mosley (Little Green, 2013, etc.) fielded his fair share of criticism for his X-rated one-two punch of Killing Johnny Fry (2006) and Diablerie (2007), and readers attracted to the equally explicit nature of this novel might be expecting more of the same. In truth, readers are likely to be more surprised by the depth of protagonist Sandra Peel, whom the author treats with tremendous compassion. Of course, when we first meet Sandra, she's in the guise of Debbie Dare, an ivory-haired, black pornographic film star who, in the midst of a typical scene, experiences a rare and revelatory orgasm, causing her to pass out. She returns home to find that her husband, fellow porn-film actor and part-time pimp Theon Pinkney, has accidentally electrocuted himself and a 16-year-old runaway in a hot tub during a sex act. The book then follows the well-read and resolute woman through the next week or so as she tries to sort out her husband's funeral, avoid the mobsters who want her to pay her dead husband's debts, figure out a way to quit the business, reconnect with friends and family, and listen to the whisper of suicide sailing behind her cold eyes. Except for flashbacks and the novel's opening scene, there's not even any sex for the determined exile-to-be. "Thousands of us boys and girls had run screaming from the same filth and stink of poverty," she says. "Black and white and brown and yellow and red had put out their thumbs and pulled down their pants, used lubricants and drugs and alcohol to escape these decaying ancestors and others just like them." Mosley's characteristically well-crafted cast also includes a kind police detective, a nonjudgmental shrink and a shy young architect with a crush on the non-glammed-out Sandra. A well-told redemption song about the most unlikely of heroines.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780385538398
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/13/2014
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
74,564
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

WALTER MOSLEY is the author of forty-two books, most notably eleven Easy Rawlins mysteries, the first of which, Devil in a Blue Dress, was made into an acclaimed film starring Denzel Washington. Always Outnumbered was an HBO film starring Laurence Fishburne, adapted from his first Socrates Fortlow novel. A native of Los Angeles and a graduate of Goddard College, he holds an MFA from CCNY and lives in Brooklyn, New York. He is the winner of numerous awards, including an O. Henry Award, a Grammy Award, and PEN America's Lifetime Achievement Award.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
New York, New York
Date of Birth:
January 12, 1952
Place of Birth:
Los Angeles, California
Education:
B.A., Johnson State College
Website:
http://www.waltermosley.com

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Debbie Doesn't Do It Anymore: A Novel 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is hard to coherently describe this book. It is the story of a black porn star who finds her husband dead in their hot tub with a 16 year old porn wantabe. But in an almost simultaneous revelation on a porn shoot she is seeing that she has to give up the "life", the only life she has known as an adult. The story does not always ring true, but it is a fascinating account about trying to tie up one life while struggling with finding an altogether new life.
arlenadean More than 1 year ago
Title: Debbie Doesn't Do It Anymore Author: Walter Mosley Publisher: Doubleday Reviewed By: Arlena Dean Rating: 4 Review: "Debbie Doesn't Do It Anymore" by Walter Mosley... What is this novel about? "In this scorching, mournful, often explicit, and never less than moving literary novel by the famed creator of the Easy Rawlins series, Debbie Dare, a black porn queen, has to come to terms with her sordid life in the adult entertainment industry after her tomcatting husband dies in a hot tub. Electrocuted. With another woman in there with him. Debbie decides she just isn't going to "do it anymore." But executing her exit strategy from the porn world is a wrenching and far from simple process. Millions of men (and no doubt many women) have watched famed black porn queen Debbie Dare—she of the blond wig and blue contacts-"do it" on television and computer screens every which way with every combination of partners the mind of man can imagine. But one day an unexpected and thunderous on-set orgasm catches Debbie unawares, and when she returns to the mansion she shares with her husband, insatiable former porn star and "film producer" Theon Pinkney, she discovers that he's died in a case of hot tub electrocution, "auditioning" an aspiring "starlet." Burdened with massive debts that her husband incurred, and which various L.A. heavies want to collect on, Debbie must reckon with a life spent in the peculiar subculture of the pornography industry and her estrangement from her family and the child she had to give up. She's done with porn, but her options for what might come next include the possibility of suicide. Debbie . . . is a portrait of a ransacked but resilient soul in search of salvation and a cure for grief." What I liked about this novel... This author gives the reader one interesting raw read of the pornography industry and the efforts of a woman named Debbie Dare and finding redemption in a Sandra Peel. I will have to say this was different from his previous novel...Devil in a Blue Dress (Easy Rawlins Mysteries) in which I thoroughly enjoyed. Now, after saying that I will say this novel was a good one too. I found it was an intriguing read of this protagonist porn star being able to change her previous path of choices of change and even some redemption. This will be a read of a roller coaster ride and will keep your attention as Debbie will be presented with discovering her husband dead, sorting out finances and finding debt, handling racism on to setting up an agenda for her new life that was ahead for building a new life. The characters were all well developed, well portrayed and believable. And as usual this author helps to get the reader into the soul of his characters. Be prepared for the most part there was a good balance of the sexual and violence content scenes in the read. What I especially liked from the read... "Debbie Doesn't Do It Anymore" was a fast mystery read. Once you start reading you will not want to put it down until the end. Yes, this novel is somewhat different from some of this author's other novels but yet it is again a good one that I would recommend to you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Unusual story, wonderfully told. Graphic, need to be open-minded to reach the thrilling end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have been a fan of Walter Mosley for years reading and rereading his books. I have searched for them in bookstores, used bookstores, online and at library sales. I purchased Debbie Doesn't Do It Anymore at the B & N in Norman Oklahoma on Saturday and read it . It now resides at the bottom of my garbage bin. How an attempt to glorify the abuse of men and women in the porn industry can be championed as one woman's successful escape baffles me. Skip this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I felt so much of Sandras pain.
Anonymous 22 days ago
Started out great, smart writhing as I would expect from Mr Mosley then,.. it ends as though he reached his "per word" quota!! Very disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read would not read again
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was truly a great read. Unexpected ending. Some erotic scenes with the storyline unfolding along the way. And no, Debbie dorsn't do it anymore.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read IT!
aqui3231 More than 1 year ago
Walter Mosley is one of my favorite authors. This was a good book, hard to put down. but i wasn't happy with the ending or i with it was longer and there was more to the ending.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
With excellent skill Walter Mosley provides insight into the life of a porn star on the occasion of her husband 's death. Wisdom on life and a perceptive view of experiences is thought provoking. An easy, quick read with a clear but twisting storyline.
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Wow, now I have heard of her but I never seen her in action. Now this book is sopose to give us in inside scoop of what had tooken place in her life as a porn star, and as the yrs gone by with hubby film producer. So I must say that I am somewhat curious to what her story is. Happy Reading. Devotion143
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