No Man's Land

No Man's Land

Audiobook CD - 2008
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With forty-three countries, twelve boats, dozens of flights, a fistful of "life experience" behind her, and a lot of ambition feuling her dreams, twenty-five-year-old Ruth Fowler arrives in New York City. A Brit with a Cambridge degree and a middle-class background, she doesn't think it will be hard to start a new life. But getting a work visa in post-9/11 U.S.A. proves to be tricky, and to kick-start a writing career, Fowler starts documenting her experiences. She funds her efforts with cash-in-hand jobs and a stint writing for The Village Voice, but it doesn't take long for funds and hope to run out -- sending her to the heart of Manhattan's dark underbelly, the strip clubs and "Champagne Rooms" of Times Square. As "Mimi, " she has a chance of survival. But when this persona threatens to consume every vestige of Fowler's identity, when her life spirals out of control and her true self remains so deeply buried that it seems impossible to resurrect, relying on "Mimi" seems like the biggest mistake she has ever made. No Man's Land is a shocking, raw account of losing identity -- and finding it again.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Audio, p2008.
ISBN: 9780143143307
Branch Call Number: 792.7028092 F787f2
Characteristics: 7 sound discs (ca. 9 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.


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Feb 06, 2010

I hated this book. It's written throughout with angry sarcasm. And it may be that that reflects the reality of the effects of working as a stripper, and the consequent depersonalization and so on that result, but it's hard to listen to. It's also irritatingly organized, with constant flashbacks that left me feeling that the author was getting nowhere. I kept wanting to quit listening, but I kept hoping that something good would happen. If you find yourself in the same position, let me tell you that it's all of a sameness -- there is no happy denouement, at least in my opinion. Oh yes, it's also full of hatred, of herself, her clients, her fellow strippers. Not fun, not enlightening, though it may well be true.

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