Debbie Doesn't Do It Anymore

Debbie Doesn't Do It Anymore

A Novel

Book - 2014
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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.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, [2014]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780385526180
Branch Call Number: FIC MOS
Characteristics: 265 pages ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Debbie does not do it anymore


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Sep 22, 2018

I gave the book 5 stars. I could relate to Debbie/Sandra--maybe that is because I am a woman. I do not consider it erotic at all. I found it well worth reading and thought provoking. I hope more women read it--I think negative reviews are likely to be by men who like murder mysteries and "erotica" created by men.

ArapahoeAnnaL Feb 12, 2018

A silly title but a serious book; there is some graphic language and imagery. Booklist starred review!

Like most Mosely books, the main plot is not the reason for this book to exist; it just gives Mosely a platform to examine and make comments about the plight of the common person in a world created by, and for, the powerful few. His description that we all live in unlocked cages and that we can leave at will, with the price being food, shelter and the trappings of society is alone worth the price of the book.

Jul 06, 2015

Walter Mosley, while one of my favorite American writers, can be accused of ,"just crankin' em out". This book is one of those, I'm afraid.

Mar 24, 2015

As Dorothy Parker famously said: "You can lead a Horticulture but you can't make her think" which pretty much sums up Debbie or Sandra or whatever the hell she'll call herself in the future she had a tendency to overthink rather than trust her instinct but she kept if real like three to five men penetrating her real an enjoyable read.

davis212c Nov 15, 2014

Discovered Debbie Doesn't It Anymore while browsing for something light and easy to read at the library. The title caught my eye and made me smile; the cover was exquisite. I've read some of Mosley, but am not a great fan. Debbie Doesn't... while not entirely clean is written in a mix of sex and violence as experienced by Debbie (aka Sandra Peel).

Debbie Dare is a super star in the adult film business. With dark black skin, long blond hair, piercing blue eyes, and white beauty mark tattoo on her face she is extraordinary. Deb comes home after a hard day of screwing in front of the camera only to find that her husband is dead. He was electrocuted when a video camera fell in the hot tub while attempting to film a home sex tape with a sixteen year old girl. Debbie doesn't want to do "it" anymore and fights to reclaim Sandra Peel and move forward with her life but doesn't know how to, especially since her husband spent every penny they had.

Thus begins Debbie's journey in search of who she really is. Her journey invites conversations with a cast of characters - Nurse Depression and her boss, Dr. Suicide, with gangsters, loan sharks and hit men, with parents and siblings, with the mother-in-law whom she has never met, with mortuary directors, with old and current colleagues in and out of the business, etc. In these interaction and events you get a view of where Debbie's been, where she is and hope she makes it to the other side.

Debbie Doesn't... is off the beaten path and runs hot and cold on the attention scale nonetheless an interesting insight into the porn world without it being nasty.


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