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Girl, Undressed

On Stripping in New York City

Ruth Fowler - Author

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ISBN 9780143115656 | 272 pages | 26 May 2009 | Penguin | 5.23 x 7.91in | 18 - AND UP
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A young British woman-broke and out of luck-does battle with Manhattan's underworld of dancers, drugs, and the sex industry

Ruth Fowler is a twenty-five-year-old Brit with a Cambridge degree and a middle-class background who arrives in New York City with dreams of becoming a journalist. But getting a work visa in post-9/11 America proves to be tricky. It doesn't take long for funds and incentive to run out-sending Fowler to the heart of Manhattan's dark underbelly of strip clubs and the sex trade, where as her alter ego "Mimi" she works as a dancer for more than two years. Both raw and shocking, Girl, Undressed tells the harrowing story of her descent into darkness, the young and wealthy Eton-educated Englishman with whom she perilously falls in love, and her revelatory journey back to herself.

" Excellent . . . Fowler's excoriating narrative quite effectively undermines perceptions of sex work as a viable form of postmodern female empowerment."
-The Guardian (London)

" Eyebrow-raising revelations abound in this sharp, racy, and relentlessly candid tale."
-Booklist (starred)


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