YOU SEEN ME?
by Laura Denham
Carroll & Graf
Pub Date: Fall
roman-a-clef, this extraordinary debut is an erotic, literary tale about
a young girl's sinking inevitably deeper into the sex industry in San
Francisco. Chosen by Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers
for Fall 2002
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an unconventional but relatively wholesome upbringing by hippie parents
in Northern California in the 1980s, the likable, sharply observant
Juliet gets swept up in San Francisco's sex industry and is soon awash
in drugs and money as her "career" spins out of control, and
she finally disappears into the commune. Denham has a surprisingly
assured, captivating voice. She avoids the pitfalls of this potentially
lurid subject matter, offering a thoughtful exploration of the effect of
the 1960s counterculture on another generation of lost youth."
The prostitute with a
heart of gold is an old staple of the novel, but the heroine of Laura
Denham's just-published "Have You Seen Me?" (Carroll &
Graf; $12) is a remarkably refreshing exemplar…."Have You Seen
Me?" is a page-turner, but not because of its plot, which ambles
along without much suspense from blow job to sado-masochist photo shoot….The
steady allure of this promising first novel is its effortless style.
Juliet's detachment from the tawdry trappings of her various employments
fuels Denham's sly, offhand wit. If "Have You Seen Me?" comes
off as un-ambitious, it's just further testament to this up-and-coming
writer's deceptively casual talent.
--San Francisco Examiner
"If you're looking for an entertaining weekend read, this book will not disappoint."
This debut novel tells the story of a young girl’s lonely upbringing
with her father and of her eventual move to San Francisco, where she,
broke and wanting excitement, answers an ad for a job as a stripper. As
the novel progresses, so do the stakes, and she soon finds herself
involved in darker, riskier and more extreme sexual encounters. Soon,
she is unrecognizable even unto herself, and must make a decision to
embrace the lifestyle or walk away.
A darker, more nuanced Pretty
Woman, this is an
extraordinarily taut and well-crafted debut. An emotionally and
psychologically penetrating examination of a young girl lost--to herself
and to the world.
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