Last Madamby Christine Wiltz
In 1916, at age fifteen, Norma Wallace arrived in New Orleans. Sexy and shrewd, she quickly went from streetwalker to madam and by 1920 had opened what became a legendary house of prostitution. There she entertained a steady stream of governors, gangsters, and movie stars until she was arrested at last in 1962. Shortly before she died in 1974, she
In 1916, at age fifteen, Norma Wallace arrived in New Orleans. Sexy and shrewd, she quickly went from streetwalker to madam and by 1920 had opened what became a legendary house of prostitution. There she entertained a steady stream of governors, gangsters, and movie stars until she was arrested at last in 1962. Shortly before she died in 1974, she taperecorded her memories-the scandalous stories of a powerful woman who had the city's politicians in her pocket and whose lovers included the twenty-five-year-old boy next door, whom she married when she was sixty-four. Combining those tapes with original research, Christine Wiltz chronicles not just Norma's rise and fall but also the social history of New Orleans, thick with the vice and corruption that flourished thereand, like Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil and Philistines at the Hedgerow, resurrects a vanished secret world.
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Christine Wiltz is the author of four novels. She lives in her native New Orleans.
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wow i didnt even know it would turn out like this. i found it 2 b so interesting that iwen thru it sooner than i expected. i am amazed that the main character was alive when this book was published. guess u can be poplular in more ways than 1 & thats by havin a book written bout their self. Madame i look up 2 u 4 what u have done in all those yrs as a madam.
This story was very informative (how brothels were back in the day). How can you not like her..naming names? it takes you through her marriages, her lonesome older years, even a romance w/ a notorious gangster. The best part: It's allll real. If I had 10 lives to live, and a hand in picking those experiences one would be a madam. I liked Norma, she was a Leo like myself very strong-willed, not the subserviant type of the 50's and so on. The woman was about her business, and had fun too. I'd have to say I did not care for how the book ended...but it was what really happened.
A very interesting and fast read about Norma Wallace and New Orleans. Makes me want to go to New Orleans and walk by all the addresses of her houses and see what remains.
This story tells of the life of a New Orleans madam and how her youth shaped her whole life, from leaving a less-than-ideal family to set out on her own to build her own fortune and fame. Always adhering to strict rules to provide the highest class of service to her clients, Norma is on a constant search for true love, often finding that she couldn't give up her work to stay home and be a traditional wife and mother. In the end, Norma gets the guy, until her obsession with beauty and youth becomes more than even she can handle and her world slowly starts to fall apart. The only criticism is that this book is less like a story and more a historical account of her life. Nonetheless, a very interesting read!