Debbie Doesn’t Do It Anymore: A Novel by Walter Mosley

In the first I have read from this author, we meet Debbie, a young pornstar who is determined to change her life and not “do it” anymore.  An interesting mix of characters and settings bring us the story, and Mosley manages to show us the underbelly of the porn industry and Debbie’s burgeoning change into Sandra Pinkney,  the identity she is reclaiming in the hope it can bring her happiness.

Of course, her life is far from a smooth one: transitions are difficult and wholesale reinventions of yourself and your outlook on the world doesn’t always mean instant happiness.  Finding her ex-husband died in an “audition’ of a new starlet, leaving her with massive debts is just one of the many obstacles that she deals with. Overwhelming at times with the sheer number of bad choices as she struggles to make better ones, and the subtle but no less pointed underpinning of depression and cynicism, Debbie / Sandra faces each new challenge with an increase in grace and solidity that show her strength.

Not wholly clean, but told with a clever mix of sex and violence as experienced by Debbie /Sandra, the story is told in her voice, and we are feeling and seeing events as they unfold. Emotionally, this is a particularly clever device as Mosley’s writing captures the voice and feel of our heroine, and provides us with an instant entrée into her world
The first I have read by this author, it will not be the last.  Far from a prurient and smutty read, Debbie Doesn’t Do It Anymore is a beautifully drawn and presented story of a woman changing her life from the ground up.

Debbie Doesn’t Do It Anymore: A Novel by Walter Mosley

Title: Debbie Doesn't Do It Anymore
Author: Walter Mosley
Genre: Literary Fiction
Published by: Doubleday
Format:eARC
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Pages: 272
Audio Length: 7 Hours: 55 minutes
Rated: four-stars
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In this scorching, mournful, often explicit, and never less than moving literary novel by the famed creator of the Easy Rawlins series, Debbie Dare, a black porn queen, has to come to terms with her sordid life in the adult entertainment industry after her tomcatting husband dies in a hot tub. Electrocuted. With another woman in there with him. Debbie decides she just isn't going to "do it anymore." But executing her exit strategy from the porn world is a wrenching and far from simple process.

Millions of men (and no doubt many women) have watched famed black porn queen Debbie Dare—she of the blond wig and blue contacts-"do it" on television and computer screens every which way with every combination of partners the mind of man can imagine. But one day an unexpected and thunderous on-set orgasm catches Debbie unawares, and when she returns to the mansion she shares with her husband, insatiable former porn star and "film producer" Theon Pinkney, she discovers that he's died in a case of hot tub electrocution, "auditioning" an aspiring "starlet." Burdened with massive debts that her husband incurred, and which various L.A. heavies want to collect on, Debbie must reckon with a life spent in the peculiar subculture of the pornography industry and her estrangement from her family and the child she had to give up. She's done with porn, but her options for what might come next include the possibility of suicide. Debbie . . . is a portrait of a ransacked but resilient soul in search of salvation and a cure for grief.

A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 18 years of age due to drug and alcohol use / violence and/or sexual content in a genre not specified as Erotic.

About Walter Mosley

Walter Mosley (b. 1952) is the author of the bestselling mystery series featuring Easy Rawlins, as well as numerous other works, from literary fiction and science fiction to a young adult novel and political monographs. His short fiction has been widely published, and his nonfiction has appeared in the New York Times Magazine and the Nation, among other publications. Mosley is the winner of numerous awards, including an O. Henry Award, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, a Grammy, and PEN America’s Lifetime Achievement Award. He lives in New York City.

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