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Holden presents a frank, harrowing account of her descent into heroin addiction and prostitution, and the long, arduous struggle to redeem her life that made her stronger.

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"What happens when a bright, well-loved young woman gets hooked on heroin and turns to prostitution to keep up her habit? Hopefully, she eventually shakes free, as Australian Holden does, but most likely a lot goes wrong first. In this vivid and riveting account of her own sudden fall and slow recovery, Holden describes the slow pull toward heroin as her friends and her lover are hooked. Mild, almost bored temptation turns into obsession after she gives it a try. As the drug and the life compromises it encourages take over Holden's universe, she loses her job and rarely sees her family and clean friends. Eventually, desperate for cash for the daily fixes for herself and her inept boyfriend, she starts turning tricks on the street. When, one night, a john turns out to be a scout for temps at a brothel, Holden's story turns. The relative stability of the brothel, and the accompanying relationships with sister prostitutes and even some johns, revives Holden's sense of self and self-worth. Throughout, she tells it like it is. Her depictions of the dark realities she lived through are at times graphic, especially in some of the more difficult scenes with johns, but always clear-eyed. She lets the readers see — and judge — the situation for themselves." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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This won't be winning the Newbery Medal. Raw yet poetic, this book paints both a grim and horribly touching view of addicts and prostitutes. The author was both. It's sad and painful and of course, amazing to read.
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ISBN:
9781559708302
Author:
Holden, Kate
Publisher:
Arcade Publishing
Subject:
General
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Prostitutes
Subject:
Substance Abuse & Addictions - General
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Holden, Kate
Subject:
Drug addicts - Australia
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Edition Description:
North American
Publication Date:
January 2007
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
285
Dimensions:
9.52x6.46x1.03 in. 1.25 lbs.

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "What happens when a bright, well-loved young woman gets hooked on heroin and turns to prostitution to keep up her habit? Hopefully, she eventually shakes free, as Australian Holden does, but most likely a lot goes wrong first. In this vivid and riveting account of her own sudden fall and slow recovery, Holden describes the slow pull toward heroin as her friends and her lover are hooked. Mild, almost bored temptation turns into obsession after she gives it a try. As the drug and the life compromises it encourages take over Holden's universe, she loses her job and rarely sees her family and clean friends. Eventually, desperate for cash for the daily fixes for herself and her inept boyfriend, she starts turning tricks on the street. When, one night, a john turns out to be a scout for temps at a brothel, Holden's story turns. The relative stability of the brothel, and the accompanying relationships with sister prostitutes and even some johns, revives Holden's sense of self and self-worth. Throughout, she tells it like it is. Her depictions of the dark realities she lived through are at times graphic, especially in some of the more difficult scenes with johns, but always clear-eyed. She lets the readers see — and judge — the situation for themselves." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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