Madam: A Novel of New Orleans [NOOK Book]

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When vice had a legal home and jazz was being born—the captivating story of an infamous true-life madam
 
New Orleans, 1900. Mary Deubler makes a meager living as an “alley whore.” That all changes when bible-thumping Alderman Sidney Story forces the creation of a red-light district that’s mockingly dubbed “Storyville.” Mary believes there’s no place for a lowly girl like her in the high-class bordellos of Storyville’s Basin Street, where ...
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Overview

When vice had a legal home and jazz was being born—the captivating story of an infamous true-life madam
 
New Orleans, 1900. Mary Deubler makes a meager living as an “alley whore.” That all changes when bible-thumping Alderman Sidney Story forces the creation of a red-light district that’s mockingly dubbed “Storyville.” Mary believes there’s no place for a lowly girl like her in the high-class bordellos of Storyville’s Basin Street, where Champagne flows and beautiful girls turn tricks in luxurious bedrooms.  But with gumption, twists of fate, even a touch of Voodoo, Mary rises above her hopeless lot to become the notorious Madame Josie Arlington.
 
Filled with fascinating historical details and cameos by Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong, and E. J. Bellocq, Madam is a fantastic romp through The Big Easy and the irresistible story of a woman who rose to power long before the era of equal rights.
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"If you are enthralled with New Orleans and the history of its fabled red light district, this is the book for you." —-Patti LuPone, actress, singer, author
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101634752
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/25/2014
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 54,087
  • File size: 8 MB

Meet the Author


Cari Lynn is a journalist and the author of four books of nonfiction, including The Whistleblower: Sex Trafficking, Military Contractors, and One Woman's Fight for Justice with Kathryn Bolkovac, and Leg the Spread: A Woman’s Adventures Inside the Trillion-Dollar Boy’s Club of Commodities Trading. Cari has written for numerous publications, including O, The Oprah Magazine, Health, The Chicago Tribune, and Deadline Hollywood. She has taught at Loyola University and received an M.A. in Writing from Johns Hopkins University. She lives in Los Angeles. This is her first novel.





Actress Kellie Martin is most fondly remembered as ‘Becca Thatcher’ on the ABC series Life Goes On for which she received an Emmy nomination for Best Supporting Actress. She has since appeared on Christy, ER, Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, Drop Dead Diva and Ghost Whisperer, as well as numerous television movies and feature films. She was most recently seen as Captain Nicole Galassini on Lifetime’s Army Wives. She is the national spokesperson for the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association (AARDA). In 2001, Reader’s Digest named Kellie a national “Health Hero” on its cover; and Lifetime Television profiled her in Intimate Portrait. She is the owner of the online children’s boutique, ROMPstore.com and a graduate of Yale University. Talk show appearances in the last year include Today, Access Hollywood Live, The Ricki Lake Show, Marie, and Home and Family.  Recent press coverage includes TimeMagazine.com, People.com, CelebrityBabyScoop.com, as well as a regular blog on Parenting.com. Martin lives in LA with her husband and daughter. This is her first novel.
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***This excerpt is from an advance uncorrected proof.***

Copyright © 2014 by Cari Lynn and Kellie Martin

I come from a long line of whores.

In my nine decades on this earth I have never uttered these words, let alone seen them written, in my own hand, indelibly staring back at me. But now, as a summer storm rages strong enough to send the Pontchartrain right through my front door, I sit with a curious sense of peace and clarity. My past is more than just my own history. Although this story shames me in so many ways, it is the legacy I leave. I must embrace the very truth I spent my life denying.

I come from a long line of whores.

Call them prostitutes, call them women of ill repute, call them madams. It’s of little consequence now to try to soften how they earned their way. But they did earn their way, and in a time when even women of means and good breeding held little hope of achieving anything professionally.

Oh Saint Teresa, what an ingrate I’ve been. Everything I have, everything I am, I owe to them—to her. She’d started life as a bastard girl, not a silver dime to her name. Her family tree was but a stump. And yet, the riches she bestowed upon me: my education, my inheritance . . . this fierce, old Victorian. How the walls moan in the grip of these winds! This house, in all its faded elegance, is all I have left. How I hated that it once lived as a bordello—hot jazz, Voodoo magic, and unspeakable sin oozing from every crevice.

My aunt built this house, but I saved this house. The ghosts would come to me at night, whispering that I couldn’t let it go. While New Orleans raced to obliterate any evidence of the red-light district’s existence, I guarded this door. Overnight, City Hall purged all records of the women who lived and worked here. Even the names of the streets were changed. It took the highest judge’s signature to spare this house from the torch-wielding mob that pillaged and set aflame other bordellos. But how can I blame my beloved city? For I, too, wanted to erase this blight, this scourge on our history.

But it did exist. Storyville was real. And so were the madams. Larger than life, indeed, but flesh and blood through and through, with feelings and smarts even—they were more savvy in business than most businessmen in this town. And yet, they were still just women, devoid of equal rights and treated as vulnerable, useless creatures. These women may have laughed and drunk and frolicked more than most women, but they still ached and loved, cried and prayed, and in their darkest hours, repented.

Now, this house, my house, is all that remains as a testament to an era. If it is this storm that brings down my house, I will go with it. I only hope that this letter and these photographs will survive.

My dearest Aunt Josie, by the grace of God, please forgive me.

Anna Deubler Brady

225 Basin Street

New Orleans

August 14, 1997

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INTRODUCTION
When vice had a legal home and jazz was being born—the captivating story of an infamous true-life madam
 
New Orleans, 1900. Mary Deubler makes a meager living as an “alley whore.” That all changes when bible-thumping Alderman Sidney Story forces the creation of a red-light district that’s mockingly dubbed “Storyville.” Mary believes there’s no place for a lowly girl like her in the high-class bordellos of Storyville’s Basin Street, where Champagne flows and beautiful girls turn tricks in luxurious bedrooms.  But with gumption, twists of fate, even a touch of Voodoo, Mary rises above her hopeless lot to become the notorious Madame Josie Arlington.
 
Filled with fascinating historical details and cameos by Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong, and E. J. Bellocq, Madam is a fantastic romp through The Big Easy and the irresistible story of a woman who rose to power long before the era of equal rights.
ABOUT CARI LYNN AND KELLIE MARTIN
Cari Lynn is a journalist and the author of four books of nonfiction, including The Whistleblower: Sex Trafficking, Military Contractors, and One Woman's Fight for Justice with Kathryn Bolkovac, and Leg the Spread: A Woman’s Adventures Inside the Trillion-Dollar Boy’s Club of Commodities Trading. Cari has written for numerous publications, including O, The Oprah Magazine, Health, The Chicago Tribune, and Deadline Hollywood. She has taught at Loyola University and received an M.A. in Writing from Johns Hopkins University. She lives in Los Angeles. This is her first novel.

Actress Kellie Martin is most fondly remembered as ‘Becca Thatcher’ on the ABC series Life Goes On for which she received an Emmy nomination for Best Supporting Actress. She has since appeared on Christy, ER, Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, Drop Dead Diva and Ghost Whisperer, as well as numerous television movies and feature films. She was most recently seen as Captain Nicole Galassini on Lifetime’s Army Wives. She is the national spokesperson for the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association (AARDA). In 2001, Reader’s Digest named Kellie a national “Health Hero” on its cover; and Lifetime Television profiled her in Intimate Portrait. She is the owner of the online children’s boutique, ROMPstore.com and a graduate of Yale University. Talk show appearances in the last year include Today, Access Hollywood Live, The Ricki Lake Show, Marie, and Home and Family.  Recent press coverage includes TimeMagazine.com, People.com, CelebrityBabyScoop.com, as well as a regular blog on Parenting.com. Martin lives in LA with her husband and daughter. This is her first novel.
A CONVERSATION CARI LYNN AND KELLIE MARTIN

  • Tell us about your writing process. It’s fairly unusual for a work of fiction to have two authors—how did you two work together to write Madam?

Cari: Kellie and I were introduced in the early 2000s by a mutual friend. By that point, I’d already been researching Josie Arlington for a year in hopes of writing a nonfiction book about her. I’d uncovered details about her life but was sadly starting to realize I wasn’t finding enough to fill an entire nonfiction book—records had been lost or destroyed, and I wasn’t having much luck tracking down her ancestors. This scenario isn’t unusual; even great stories often can’t sustain all that’s needed for a nonfiction book. Typically, this is the point I let the story go and move on to something else. But I couldn’t. Josie stayed with me.

It so happened that one of my previous nonfiction books, Leg the Spread, had just been optioned for film/TV. It occurred to me: maybe Josie’s story would work as a TV series. At the time I was a big fan of HBO’s Deadwood. Storyville seemed like it would make for an equally compelling, gritty, historical setting. Only problem was, as much as I could see the story coming to life onscreen, I didn’t quite know how to translate that into a screenplay format on the page. I was living in Chicago at the time, not exactly a mecca of screenwriters, so I had no one I could talk to about craft. And that’s when a friend introduced Kellie and me.

Kellie had been reading screenplays since she was a kid, and she was familiar with the photographs of E. J. Bellocq. Plus, she was a fan of Deadwood. So I went to L.A. and we wrote a pilot script together. The rest is the most typical Hollywood story around: everyone was interested in the script . . . and then nothing would happen.

The years went by and I again grew frustrated that Josie was still in limbo. One day, I sat myself down at the computer and attempted to turn the story into a novel. People always assumed I had a secret desire to be a novelist. But I never did. I loved true stories. I loved interviewing people and immersing myself in the world of my subjects. Only, Storyville had long ago been razed. Housing projects now stood where women had legally turned tricks and men drank absinthe and where jazz was invented. I stared at that blank page for several months. And then it was like a trap door in my mind opened and the novel came tumbling out.

I had the screenplay and the true events as my guides, but what was intrinsically lacking in both of those was emotion. A screenplay is written as action and dialogue only; it doesn’t explain what people are thinking, nor can you get into their heads and describe their motivation—that’s what an actor brings to the character. As for history, it’s dates, places, names, circumstances. But who were these people? What were their dreams, their fears? What made them smile? What drove them, what scared them, how did they experience disappointment or joy or love? What did they do when they got up in the morning?

I wrote for three years, hoping to take names and circumstances that had been buried in dusty New Orleans history books and bring them to life.

Kellie: Cari and I were able to work together on Madam through the miracle of modern technology. About eight years ago we started our e-mail exchange about Storyville and our mutual fascination with the characters who inhabited this world. Years and countless cell phone conversations and sunny Southern California hikes later, we hatched Madam.

  • Ms. Martin, you’re an actress, and Ms. Lynn, you’re the author of several works of nonfiction. How did your respective backgrounds inform your writing?

Cari: I was trained as a journalist and spent much of my career doing investigative writing, so I’m very comfortable—and greatly enjoy—research. It sounds incredibly daunting now to say that I’ve been researching Josie Arlington for nearly a decade, but it’s true. Part of my brain practically lives in Storyville.

Kellie: When I break down a character in a script, I map out her emotional arc and make choices on who she is and what makes her tick. Each time I act in a scene, I imagine what happened to my character just before the moment we see her and what will happen after the last line in the scene. My character’s words and thoughts must feel authentic in the moment for me to move or incite those watching at home. Figuring out the emotional arc and twists and turns for Mary Deubler is no different for me as an author. When writing I have the luxury of showing all the moments you never see onscreen. A novel can stretch out and explore those moments to the fullest. We can get in the character’s head, read her thoughts, or go back in time with her.

  • What drew you to Mary Deubler’s story? Why did you decide to focus on her, especially considering how many fascinating historical figures were roaming the streets of New Orleans around the turn of the century?

Cari: I was doing the tourist stroll around New Orleans, when my then-boyfriend pulled me into a tacky French Quarter Voodoo shop I would otherwise have avoided. My eyes fell to a book of New Orleans ghost stories, and as I flipped through, there was the story of the haunted tomb of Madam Josie Arlington.

I’m not especially interested in ghost stories, but what got me was how Josie had designed her tomb. She’d bought a plot in the elite Metairie Cemetery and, as if that wasn’t scandalous enough, she fortified it to be higher than all the surrounding plots (many of which held the remains of men rumored to have been among Josie’s clientele). Her tomb would be built in rose granite, and she commissioned a bronze statue of a young woman to be poised at the tomb’s door. Only, the woman’s back would be turned to the other tombs, as if shunning them. The story goes that Josie died feeling she hadn’t achieved what she’d truly wanted: social acceptance. And her tomb was her final thumb to the nose, her way of making sure she had the last laugh.

This struck me. Here was someone who’d single-handedly built an empire—an accomplishment unheard of at the time for an unmarried woman, especially one who didn’t have family money or a prestigious surname. She was completely self-made. Also, she’d never been shy about advertising she was a madam—quite literally, she printed advertisements to promote the Arlington. So why did Josie, in the end, care what anyone, especially society people, thought of her? It was Josie’s emotional Achilles heel that piqued my interest.

I was leaving New Orleans the next morning, but I needed to see Josie’s tomb. It was raining, and Metairie Cemetery is vast and imposing with its winding paths of grand, aboveground sepulchres. With a flight to catch, I had to leave the cemetery before I was able to find her tomb.

But I later returned to New Orleans. Josie’s tomb did not disappoint. The bronze statue of the woman, draped in a flowing gown, a bouquet of roses nestled in the crook of her arm, was streaked with a patina that made it look as if she were crying. Atop the tomb, stone flames burst into the sky—and, as the lore goes, have been known to ignite into real flames while the bronze woman leaves her post and wanders the cemetery.

Kellie: I was introduced to the brothel photographs of E. J. Bellocq while studying art history at Yale. Bellocq’s image of the woman wearing striped stockings and drinking a glass of Raleigh Rye stayed with me (and happily became the cover image for Madam). She had a confidence that I can’t imagine a lowly prostitute possessing. Ordinary and extraordinary at the same time. I wanted to know more about that woman. I wanted to walk in her dirty boots for a while.

  • What are you working on now?

Cari: A new book of historical fiction! Who would’ve thought (certainly not I). Josie showed me the way, and now there’s no turning back. It’s set in New Orleans and is based on the true story of a woman whose name might be familiar.

Kellie: I have been acting and producing a few television projects, one which airs in March called Dear Viola. My kids’ e-boutique, ROMPstore.com, keeps me constantly busy and is a welcome break from acting and writing. At ROMP, my seven-year-old-daughter, Maggie, and I choose and photograph all of the “unplugged” wooden, creative, open-ended toys. Maggie and I are also working on a children’s book about her obsession with bugs. Yep, bugs.
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

  1. The novel is bookended by letters from Mary’s niece, Anna. How do Anna’s opening words set the tone for the rest of the novel? Anna begs for Mary’s forgiveness for her ingratitude. Based on what you know of Mary, would she have forgiven Anna?
  2. The opening scene takes place on Mary’s thirtieth birthday. She notes that she fears she “would succumb to a tragic end, just as everyone she’d dared to love.” Why does she feel this way? Why doesn’t her successful career as Madam Josie Arlington offer her any comfort?
  3. What is Mary’s relationship with Peter like? Why does she support him? Does he appreciate her efforts?
  4. The novel is filled with fictional versions of many historical people, including Mary Deubler herself, as well as Jelly Roll Morton, E. J. Bellocq, and others. What does this lend to the story? What techniques do the authors use to transport the reader to turn-of-the-century New Orleans?
  5. How is race dealt with in the novel? Is New Orleans, as some of the characters proclaim, truly more progressive in terms of civil rights than some of the cities in neighboring states?
  6. What does Mary’s postcard of the Arlington Hot Springs Hotel represent to her? Do you think she ever attains the kind of peace she imagines the hotel would offer her, if only she could get there?
  7. Both Ferdinand and Mary visit Eulalie Echo, who tells each of them in turn that they have a touch of the “Devil” within. Eulalie tells Ferdinand that his talent needs “a spark o’ the Devil to make it smolder.” What does she mean by this? Do you agree? How do Ferdinand and Mary both master their darker sides in order to succeed?
  8. How are Mary and Countess Lulu White juxtaposed against each other? What did you make of the Countess? Why does she refuse to let Mary join her bordello? Is her dislike of Mary borne solely out of jealousy?
  9. What effect does Peter’s death have on Mary? Is her decision to send Tater after Lobrano something you would have expected her to do? She feels relieved when Tater tells her that Lobrano isn’t dead after all. What does that tell you about her character?
  10. Discuss Lobrano. Is his remorse over Peter’s death genuine? Why, after so many years of torturing Mary and her family, does he seem to change his ways? Is it simply guilt, or is there more to it? Do you believe he will suffer for his actions? Do you want him to?
  11. After giving her a tour of her very own bordello, Tom Anderson turns to Mary and says, “This is your play, Josie. You’re the famous actress now.” What does he mean by this? Does Mary take it to heart? Is the “role” a burden to Mary, despite its luxurious trappings?
  12. The novel focuses mainly on Mary’s rise to power within Storyville. What kind of life do you imagine for her after the book ends? She vows to “never again owe anyone anything.” Do you think she succeeds?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2014

    A Myrt's Review Based on the life of Marie Deubler, eventually

    A Myrt's Review

    Based on the life of Marie Deubler, eventually known as Josie Arlington, a famed brothel madam in the infamous 1900’s turn of the century Storyville, New Orleans, ‘Madam’ starts the young Marie’s story when she is working as a prostitute carrying her mattress on her back and earning quarters while alternating shifts with another prostitute in a broken down shack each day in Venus Alley as she attempts to simply survive. The book ties in the creation of Storyville, intended by city alderman Sydney Story to separate the wicked women who tempt the fine upstanding men of the time by herding them into a designated area of the city where they would work at licensed brothels and not be allowed to work outside those limits. Marie is one of the few women working in Venus Alley who realizes this back alley of shacks where she works will be torn down as soon as Storyville opens across town and there is no provision made for where these broken down women will go. Under the dirt and malnutrition Marie is a smart and attractive young woman who is kept down by fate and circumstance but she is also determined and will not give up on trying to improve her life. Marie isn’t trying to fly too high she just wants to make her life better using her intelligence and grabbing at any opportunity she can get. Along the way other real life historical figures appear such as Tom Anderson, saloon owner, Josie’s backer in Storyville and eventually a two time state legislator, E. J. Bellocq, the eccentric photographer who left the only pictorial legacy of the women of Storyville and cameos by Jelly Roll Morton and a young Louis Armstrong. The book is an engrossing look at the time. The biased attitude between Creoles and Negros then. The political corruption that ran the city. The importance of the incoming railroad and the placement of its station. The pulsing life as jazz was making its way into the culture. It’s a harsh world for those at the bottom but there is still a vibrancy running through it. This is an amazing look into a changing time and one woman who made an impact in her time. This book is written with such respect for the women who were forced to sell the only thing they had; their bodies, and it gives an engrossing look into their world. The book and its characters are well written and well developed and it is very much a compelling read. This is their debut novel and I look forward to reading more by these authors.

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest and fair review.

    14 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2014

    Madam is based on the true story of Mary Deubler and her transfo

    Madam is based on the true story of Mary Deubler and her transformation to become Madam Josie Arlington. This story is about New Orleans at the turn of the century. The description of the city, people and times transports you there. Mary becomes an orphan at the age of 12. She and her brother are "looked after" by their nasty uncle who "pimps" Mary out to make money. The authors tell of Mary's struggle to make some money to survive and provide for her brother.
    Some of the officials of New Orleans and people are tired of having the Red Light District near their homes and corrupting their children by the site of them. One Alderman, Sidney Story, comes up with the idea of moving these "working" women to the back of the city. This becomes a legalized district known as Storyville, after the Alderman.
    This is a very interesting book about the life and times of the people of New Orleans and also mentions some of the famous people who were involved in music during that time, i.e. Jelly Roll Morton and Louis Armstrong.
    A great read!

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2014

    One of the best books ive read in a while...

    If you liked Sara Gruen's "Water For Elephants", then you will love this book. Like WFE, this book has a magic that transports you into the time period and era its written in. But unlike the historical fiction of WFE, this story is true: which makes it all the more enjoyable.

    This book has a great captivating story which will leave you wanting more. The characters and settings within the pages make you want to travel to the real places themselves.

    A must read for anyone who loves a good story,witty on liners, and great characters.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 3, 2014

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    Book Review Madame by Cari Lynn and Kellie Martin is biograp

    Book Review




    Madame by Cari Lynn and Kellie Martin is biographical novel based on the life of Marie Deubler, aka Josie Arlington, the madam of a notorious brothel in Storyville, New Orleans. The story takes place is the late 1800’s and begins with a young Marie working as a lowly street prostitute earning mere coins. She shares quarters and works shifts with another prostitute in Venus Alley, a run-down alley of shacks and crates where whores lay for the poorest dregs of society. She struggles to survive and keep her brother and his wife supported. When she learns the street where she works will be torn down, and a new red light district will open called Storyville, she works hard to re-establish herself there. 




    Meticulously researched, the book includes important personages of the times, and emits a strong flavour of turn of the century New Orleans. It deals with the political and social climate of the time including racial conflict between whites, blacks, ad Creoles, political corruption, and the modernization caused by the coming of the railroad. Of course there is a strong sense of New Orleans culture with Jazz and food and vibrant life. 




    From the harsh life on the lowest rungs of social ladder, to the opulence of the rich and wealthy, this novel is sure to entertain. Colorful characters, vivid descriptions, and a compelling storyline kept me turning the pages at a furious pace. And just because this book is about prostitution, in no way does this book disrespect women. Rather, it makes one sympathetic to their plight. I hope to read more books by these authors!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2014

    Fun and quick taste of old New Orleans

    I thought this book was quite enjoyable and easy to read. It really is the back story to Madam, how Mary Deubler, the alley prostitute, became Madam Josie Arlington. It's also a story about how women who had very few choices made the most of what they were given.

    It's fiction, so some facts like years and people, are not quite historic. I'm quite intriqued about the photographer of Storyville, Bellocque.

    All in all, I reommend this book, especially if you are interested in New Orleans, Storyville, or just want a fun read.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2014

    Histotically entertaining

    This book has a great balance of history and fiction. A nice easy read that keeps you turning the pages. I enjoyed it very much!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2014

    Great

    Wonderful

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 6, 2014

    Sexy historical fiction! Based on a true story, Cari Lynn and Ke

    Sexy historical fiction! Based on a true story, Cari Lynn and Kellie Martin's new novel "Madam"sweeps the reader into New Orleans,
    to 1897, to detail the unlikely rise to power of an ordinary "working girl" to notorious madam --that woman earned
     her striped stockings! Loved the unexpected appearances of real-life characters including Jelly Roll Morton and
     appreciated the inclusion of historical photos of New Orleans and its Red Light district. A rich feminist tale to be
     savored with a glass of absinthe.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2014

    Enjoyed this!

    Good flavor of historical facts.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2014

    Informative and interesting

    I enjoyed it

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2015

    Informative

    informative and interesting fictionalized story of a madam in New Orleans Story district.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2014

    Interesting & Informative

    I was surprised to find that this book touches not only on the creation of Storyville but also on complex issues of the time such as the corrupt politics of New Orleans and racism between blacks, whites, and Creoles which they call "octoroons." This helped put the time period in perspective and forces you to think about the reality that these people faced. I enjoyed reading about the flavor of New Orleans in that era and the explosion of the Jazz Age, and was intrigued by the story of Mary Deubler. Her looks and intelligence, along with the help of the business-minded Tom Anderson, helped her become a prominent Madam on Basin Street. The history clearly had been meticulously researched, and the authors did a wonderful job of creating a seamless novel based on a true story. The subject matter is not for the faint of heart, but I would recommend this book to anyone interested in early New Orleans history.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2014

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  • Posted June 19, 2014

    Enjoyable Reading

    I found this book to be enjoyable reading. It shows that if you are poor or rich, the worlds oldest profession flourishes. An easy read and funny to boot.

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  • Posted May 2, 2014

    I Also Recommend:

    So so

    I was very interested in reading this book based on the description, having attended college in New Orleans. However, the novel was quite flat. It lacked serious character development and basically started at the end. I was hoping that would go back "forward" after outlining the history, but instead it just ended. An easy read if you want some filler, but not anything to get excited about.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2014

    Confusing last part

    Same text twice under different titles. Looks like careless. Interesting story, but feel written by many people, parts of book have separate styles, read with interest.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2014

    What happened?

    The book ended just when it began?
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    Posted April 3, 2014

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    Posted March 29, 2014

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    Posted March 26, 2014

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