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A smart, sexy debut about a young woman coming to terms with a life she hadn't planned.

After being dumped by her boyfriend, Jane quits her job in New York City, drives west, and lands in Salt Lake City, where she takes a job answering phones at a Mormon-endorsed escort agency. As Jane struggles to find companionship and purpose in her new surroundings, she mothers the escorts and flirts with callers. But the pull of mystery and danger is too great. Boundaries begin to blur, and Jane inches toward a place that would have once been unthinkable: She becomes an escort. Shifting between self-doubt and confidence, uncertainty and adrenaline, Jane descends into the lonely world of sexual commerce and discovers — through her bad behavior — a new sense of self.

With convincing, atmospheric prose, Meadows captures both the landscape and politics of Utah, the ironies of America's heartland, and reminds us that clarity and community can be found in the most unlikely places.

Review:

"After a rough breakup followed by a few months of wanly suicidal gestures like 'switching to nonlight cigarettes, not washing my hands after the subway, forgoing my seatbelt and driving fast,' Jane (no last name) packs her life in her car and leaves New York, headed west. When she stops in Utah and takes a job answering phones at a Mormon-approved escort service, she is adamant that she won't go any further into the sex trade than the front desk. But perhaps inevitably, she finds herself working as an escort and coming alive through her 'dates.' Although there is body contact, her new duties involve more playacting and kindness than full sex — which provides a foil for all the playacting and kindness she'd offered her ex, McCallister, who attempts to woo her back, tepidly, throughout. Meadows, making her debut, gives Jane a thoughtfully staccato first-person, but it isn't quite enough to wrestle larger insights from her racy, provocative premise. (June 27)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Meadows displays strong narrative technique as she brings the disjointed culture of Mormon-ruled Salt Lake City and a group of 20-something Latter Day Sinners into high relief....[A] writer to watch." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"Rae Meadows' novel is a sexy, confident, totally winning debut...she brings the sordid world of the escort business into affecting and often hilarious relief....[She] is a shining talent." Darin Strauss, author of Chang and Eng and The Real McCoy

Review:

"The characters are quirky enough to keep the reader interested, while at the same time they seem to stay within the realm of reality, though always on the edge." Bookreporter.com

Synopsis:

After being dumped by her boyfriend, Jane quits her job, drives west and lands in Salt Lake City, where she takes a job answering phones at an escort agency. Before long, she becomes an escort in this tale of one woman's journey from exile to understanding, in the both puritanical and libertarian state of Utah.

About the Author

Rae Meadows is a graduate of Stanford University and the MFA program at the University of Utah. Her short stories have appeared in Mississippi Review, Flyway, 580 Split, and Fine Print. She lives in Brooklyn, New York. Calling Out is her first novel.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781596921658
Author:
Meadows, Rae
Publisher:
MacAdam/Cage Publishing
Subject:
Humorous
Subject:
Utah
Subject:
Young women
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Young women - Utah - Salt Lake City
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Humor : General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20060631
Binding:
Hardcover
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
280
Dimensions:
8.06x5.70x1.08 in. .93 lbs.

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "After a rough breakup followed by a few months of wanly suicidal gestures like 'switching to nonlight cigarettes, not washing my hands after the subway, forgoing my seatbelt and driving fast,' Jane (no last name) packs her life in her car and leaves New York, headed west. When she stops in Utah and takes a job answering phones at a Mormon-approved escort service, she is adamant that she won't go any further into the sex trade than the front desk. But perhaps inevitably, she finds herself working as an escort and coming alive through her 'dates.' Although there is body contact, her new duties involve more playacting and kindness than full sex — which provides a foil for all the playacting and kindness she'd offered her ex, McCallister, who attempts to woo her back, tepidly, throughout. Meadows, making her debut, gives Jane a thoughtfully staccato first-person, but it isn't quite enough to wrestle larger insights from her racy, provocative premise. (June 27)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Meadows displays strong narrative technique as she brings the disjointed culture of Mormon-ruled Salt Lake City and a group of 20-something Latter Day Sinners into high relief....[A] writer to watch."
"Review" by , "Rae Meadows' novel is a sexy, confident, totally winning debut...she brings the sordid world of the escort business into affecting and often hilarious relief....[She] is a shining talent."
"Review" by , "The characters are quirky enough to keep the reader interested, while at the same time they seem to stay within the realm of reality, though always on the edge."
"Synopsis" by , After being dumped by her boyfriend, Jane quits her job, drives west and lands in Salt Lake City, where she takes a job answering phones at an escort agency. Before long, she becomes an escort in this tale of one woman's journey from exile to understanding, in the both puritanical and libertarian state of Utah.
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