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Debbie Doesn't Do It Anymore: A Novel

Debbie Doesn't Do It Anymore: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Walter Mosley
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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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1249 KB
  • Print Length: 274 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0385526180
  • Publisher: Doubleday (13 May 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #150,925 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 1 Aug 2014
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good story, nice twist, masterful storytelling and writing. Walter Mosley is a top shelf writer
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5.0 out of 5 stars The toughest career change ever 5 April 2014
By Patto - Published on
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It can't be easy to go from being a porn star to an ordinary mortal overnight. But Debbie is determined to make the transition, inspired partly by her beloved husband's sudden and sordid death.

Debbie has "done it" in every possible way with ten thousand men and women on four continents. She refers to her experiences in explicit terms, but for some reason this never bothered me.

Perhaps it's the casual elegance of Walter Mosley's prose that makes this book literature rather than pornography. Or perhaps it's Debbie's raw honesty and unfailing compassion for others. Debbie reads Gogol and Tolstoy, too, always a plus in a heroine. And she's a bit of a philosopher.

There are lots of fun characters in the book – the loan sharks threatening to kill Debbie, the gay gangster who protects her, the young doctor who specializes in treating porn actors, the friendly cop who sees into Debbie's heart, the female minister who moves like a bug but delivers a wonderful sermon. And Debbie's big-bellied white husband, although he's dead when we meet him, is a colorful character – overweight, oversexed, overextended, but devoted to Debbie.

There are quirky symbols in the story that invite speculation, like the shattering orgasm that marks Debbie's break from the porn industry. Like the ominous bird perched outside the window of her psychiatrist's office. And between her stage name, her birth name and her married name, and the dramatic changes she makes to her appearance, Debbie is facing an identity crisis that's positively existential.

This is an upbeat story, despite the violence and x-rated language. I enjoyed every minute inside the head of Moseley's extraordinary protagonist.
19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The naked facts may prove a little too naked and titillating for some readers 30 Mar 2014
By Miss Barbara - Published on
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It takes a writer as strong as Walter Mosley to create a character like Debbie Dare without turning her into a caricature. Debbie is a black, blond haired, blue contact wearing porn star who returns home after a particularly stimulating shoot to find that her husband is dead in the hot tub with an underage aspiring starlet. The reader learns the tale by residing in Debbie’s head as the story unfolds. It is refreshing to learn that Theon Pinkney, though deeply in debt, loved his wife fervently while immersed in this counter-culture life style they chose. Debbie seems to be more nonplussed than alarmed by Thron’s unplanned parting from this life. Men have always been leaving her and Theon’s abandonment by death feels more familiar than all their years together.

Hubby, a former porn-star himself, has chosen literal cheesecake over the industry’s figurative representation and has gotten a bit rotund for starring roles. After his demise Debbie finds that he is in debt to Richard Ness, a renowned leg breaker, loan shark, hustler, thief and coward. Financial ruin sets Debbie on the road to a new lifestyle and a break with the porn movie business. Unfortunately the past is not ready to let her go.

Debbie must now face the some hard truths. Is she able to do this while coming to grips with parts of her past she must own up to? This novel lays it all on the line. The naked facts may prove a little too naked and titillating for some readers but I found the story well rounded and the characters intriguing. This may not be the book you’d choose for the break room at work but in the comfort of your own home, with a glass of adult beverage, it’ll be a winner.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Dallas is on its own--Debbie is moving on 3 April 2014
By Blue in Washington - Published on
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Interesting story from one of the neighborhoods of show biz--pornography and its actors, producers and consumers. The central character in "Debbie...." is Sandy Peel aka Debbie Dare, a thirty-something porn actress who is on the edge of a nervous breakdown from long days (and many years) performing in countless skin flix that have left her near burnout.

Returning from work from an exhausting day under the lights one evening, Sandy/Debbie, who has seen and heard just about everything in her short life, finds that her husband Theon has accidently electrocuted himself while filming his own porn feature in the bathroom of their house. The loss of Theon on top of her own mental fatigue pushes the actress into a determination to completely reinvent herself, including an abandonment of her up-to-then highly successful film career.

The bulk of the novel is about Debbie's (now back to Sandy) labors of leave all vestiges of her old life, fend off growing depression and impulse to commit suicide and find a new version of herself. Complicating all this is the pack of loan sharks with malice on their minds, inherited from her dead husband.

I liked much of this book, mainly because of its originality and its population of often interesting characters. It really has a point of view that you don't hear or see very often, and it makes a plausible argument for better understanding of what most people might dismiss as a sordid, exploitative industry, with a focus on the individuals who labor there.

What I found less admirable about "Debbie..." was how the main character's evolution was sketched out in the aftermath of her husband's death. From the opening page, she was credibly described as a strong character by the author. This strength leads the reader (me, at least) to want to know more about what's going on in her head as she carves out a path toward a new life. There were several moments in the progress of the novel that the reader doesn't know whether the story is a tragedy or a comic parody. Maybe it's both, but I wasn't always sure what to think.

In any event, this novel merits a look, with the above caveats and a warning that it is pretty raunchy in most of its parts--definitely not an item for a book club with delicate sensibilities.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This. Here. 17 April 2014
By Keleigh Crigler Hadley - Published on
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Oh, Walter Mosley, why do you slay us so?

The cover arrests you. The premise assaults you and by the time you get to the last word, you are slain. Out. Done for.
And this is NOT my normal genre. But Mosley just gets it so right. The characters stay with you long after you have closed the book. Debbie, the lecherous husband she loved, her family by blood and circumstances, the very powerful and scary men in her life, her son, and the teenaged girl she tried to help. Their voices were so strong and real and persuasive that I long for a sequel. Knowing that is highly improbable, I'll settle for just reading it again- which is something I rarely do.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Debbie Became Favorite Character For Me! 20 April 2014
By GABixler - Published on
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Everybody has at least once heard the phrase, Debbie Does Dallas...most have never seen the movie however,.. Now Debbie Dare is not the porn star who did that particular series... but she is a well-known star of porn may have seen her... Her trademark look is beautiful ebony skin with a long white-blond hair, a special blue shining eye color and a circle tattoo on her cheek... Remember her now? Apparently lots of people she meets come up to talk to her and ask for her autograph...or more... Personally, I haven't seen her, but after reading this book, I do know her...

She's a lot like many, many girls that had to leave home because of the intolerable conditions there... She did street work originally until one day she happened to meet Theon Pinkney. Like you, at first I thought he was a pimp like so many others who look for girls who look lost and scared... In one way, Theon was much better--he was a male film star himself... And he really did come to love Deb and marry her...

I have great feeling for young girls who had been abused in some way as children yet make their way any way they can. Debbie was a professional porn star, just as many are drawn inro various situations where their bodies are what drives their activities. Now, this is, in my mind, quite different from those who have chosen to enter these professions. That's why I enjoyed how Debbie acted when freedom hit her life... You Go, Girl!

The fun part for me was the characrer Debbie. She took nothing from nobody, yet could speak as calmly as if she had no feelings of anger. I was impressed with the scenes between her and her mother-in-law who had never really spent time with them until after her son had died... The thing that amazed me was her experience, her feelings when, after many years, she had an experience on set and was extremely embarrassed that she was ruining the scene! A true professional...

But later readers discovered why it had so bothered her and then affected the decisions she made now that she was essentially free for a very long time. Another scene that was memorable was her going into a women's boutique to look at clothes and what happened there...

Nothing though prepared me for the ending! Even then, however, Debbie made me once again proud of her, just as her family were beginning to come around too... Debbie is a character I would like to meet again, but will she have a reason to come back?

Only Walter Mosley knows. I have always enjoyed the Easy Rawlins mystery series, but this book spoke to me as a woman speaks to herself, especially, and to other women...How did Walter Mosley know that? LOL Kudos on this one, Sir! Highly recommended!

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