Saving the Hooker

Saving the Hooker

by Michael Adelberg

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Saving the Hooker by Michael Adelberg

Matthew Hristahalois is a not-so-scholarly scholar. He's obsessed with the "Hooker with a Heart of Gold" character that keeps turning up in movies like Pretty Woman and The Hangover - the beautiful and kind fallen woman who can only be saved by Prince Charming. Matthew wins a post-doc to see if real fallen women can be saved by a good man. He casts himself as Prince Charming and sets out to study and rehabilitate real New York City prostitutes, at least until he meets a fiery auburn-haired prostitute who calls herself Julia Roberts.

Saving the Hooker is a fast-paced assault on male hubris and the recycled fairy tales at the core of so many of our favorite books and movies. It is also a bawdy tour of lower Manhattan's escort service prostitution scene, a poke in the eye of academic orthodoxy, and a not-so-subtle send up of cable television talk-news. Centered on the combustible relationship between Matthew and Julia, Saving the Hooker makes comic hash out of modern America's show horse institutions and sacred cow issues: academia, high and low media, political correctness, misogyny and sexual assault.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940149166213
Publisher: The Permanent Press
Publication date: 03/26/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 207
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

MICHAEL ADELBERG was born forty-something years ago into a perfectly decent New York City family that deserved better. He underachieved through high school, then overachieved through college and grad school. For the last two decades, Adelberg's earned a living as a pale and studious health policy wonk, while moonlighting as an even paler and more studious historian of the American Revolution. About five years ago, he started writing fiction in the middle of the night, resulting in two novels: A Thinking Man's Bully (2012) and The Razing of Tinton Falls (2012). Adelberg lives in Vienna, Virginia with his very tolerant wife and two remarkably well-adjusted sons.

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