Thursday, 22 December 2011
Alexandra Highcrest, "At Home On The Stroll" (1997)
The subtitle of this book clarifies what it is really about: "My Twenty Years As A Prostitute In Canada."
In short, the story of a northern Ontario boy who moves to Toronto, begins working as a prostitute, finds the life not particularly objectionable (especially the money), makes some friends, conflicts with family, deals with some bad tricks, begins to experiment with living as a woman, leaves the trade, becomes an advocate. An intriguing story that doesn't wallow in polemicizing about the evils of prostitution, or preaching the virtues of liberal live-and-let-live economics. It is one person's story, one person's analysis, and a very humane one at that.
Belinda Beaton has written a very good review of this book in Books in Canada.