Working Book Summary and Study Guide

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This 1988 book is subtitled "My Life as a Prostitute," and it's a fairly straightforward and honest account of the author's experiences and observations. (She was active mainly in the Atlanta area.) French talks about serving regular male clients, Japanese and black customers, and females, as well as adjusting to the era of AIDS and becoming active in public campaigns for workers rights. There's nothing evasive or smarmy about her writing, though she has a certain dry wit: Of her defense attorney boyfriend's attitude toward her work, she writes, "our jobs are quite similar -- we both free-lance, we both get paid in advance, and we both try to get our clients off."
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Plot & Themes

Political/social rights fight    -   Yes Plotlet:    -   fighting for social change    -   women fighting for rights    -   fighting for free speech/press job/profession:    -   prostitute Gender/Class story?    -   woman's story Job/profession/poverty story    -   Yes Ethnic/regional/gender    -   Yes

Subject of Biography

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   prostitute Ethnicity    -   White Nationality    -   American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Southeast City?    -   Yes Century:    -   1980's-Present

Writing Style

Book makes you feel?    -   thoughtful Graphic sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   actual description of hetero sex How much dialogue in bio?    -   little dialog

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