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Madam: A Novel of New Orleansby Cari Lynn
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When vice had a legal home and jazz was being born—the captivating story of an infamous true-life madam
New Orleans, 1900. Mary Deubler makes a meager living as an alley whore.” That all changes when bible-thumping Alderman Sidney Story forces the creation of a red-light district thats mockingly dubbed Storyville.” Mary believes theres no place for a lowly girl like her in the high-class bordellos of Storyvilles Basin Street, where Champagne flows and beautiful girls turn tricks in luxurious bedrooms. But with gumption, twists of fate, even a touch of Voodoo, Mary rises above her hopeless lot to become the notorious Madame Josie Arlington.
Filled with fascinating historical details and cameos by Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong, and E. J. Bellocq, Madam is a fantastic romp through The Big Easy and the irresistible story of a woman who rose to power long before the era of equal rights.
New Orleans, 1897. Mary Deubler makes a meager living on Venus Alley, the illegal red light district. That all changes when bible-thumping Alderman Sidney Story forces the creation of a legalized district of vice thats mockingly dubbed Storyville” in his honor. Despite her looks and intelligence, Mary doesnt think she can make it on Basin Street, where girls turn tricks in plush, velvet wallpapered bordellos. But thanks to gumption, twists of fate, even a touch of voodoo, Mary rises above her hopeless lot to become the notorious Madam Josie Arlington.
Filled with fascinating historical details and cameos by Jelly Roll Morton, Louie Armstrong, and photographer E. J. Bellocq, Madam is a fabulous romp through The Big Easy and the irresistible tale of a womans rise to influence and infamy in a world ruled by men.
About the Author
Lynn holds a Masters in Writing from The Johns Hopkins University and a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Maryland. A graduate of Yale University, Kellie Martin is also the owner of an online childrens boutique. Both live in Los Angeles.
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