The Madam: A Novel

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Simon and Schuster, May 11, 2010 - Fiction - 288 pages
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West Virginia, 1924: Alma works in a hosiery mill where the percussive roar of machinery has far too long muffled the engine that is her heart. When Alma's husband decides that they should set out to find their fortune in Florida, Alma has little choice but to leave her three children and ailing mother behind. But when Alma is then abandoned at a Miami dock, she is suddenly forced to make her own way in the world. With the help of a gentle giantess and an opium-addicted prostitute, Alma reclaims her children from the orphanage and forges ahead with an altogether new sort of family. As an act of survival, she chooses to run a house of prostitution, a harvest that relies on lust and weakness in men, of which "the world has a generous, unending supply."
The Madam is the story of a house of sin. It is here where Alma's children will learn everything there is to know about "love and loss, sex and betrayal." Based on the real life of the author's grandmother, The Madam is a tale of epic proportions, one that will haunt readers long after its stunning conclusion.
 

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I couldn't get into this story. It was all over the place and totally insane. I read to part 2 and had to put it down. I wasted too much time on a horribly written story. Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
21
Section 3
49
Section 4
73
Section 5
81
Section 6
92
Section 7
105
Section 8
116
Section 10
171
Section 11
183
Section 12
205
Section 13
226
Section 14
250
Section 15
261
Section 16
267
Section 17
295

Section 9
137

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Julianna Baggott's work has appeared in such publications as The Southern Review, Ms. magazine, Poetry, Best American Poetry 2000, and read on NPR's Talk of the Nation. The nationally bestselling author of The Miss America Family and Girl Talk, as well a book of poems entitled This Country of Mothers, she teaches at Florida State University and lives in Tallahassee with her husband and three children. Visit her website at www.juliannabaggott.com.

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