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Born in a dreary Kentucky coal camp during the Great Depression, Vestal Jenkins uses her one natural resource—her extraordinary beauty—as her ticket out of poverty.

Vestal's bawdy adventures include a brief period of religious piety, a loveless but lucrative marriage, an unsatisfactory stint as a shop girl and a financially rewarding foray into the world's oldest profession
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Paperback, 264 pages
Published August 20th 2007 by Spinsters Ink
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Funny and heartbreaking, this is the picaresque tale of Vestal Jenkins, a beautiful girl from a coal camp in the mountains of Kentucky who becomes the madam of a notorious brothel (or, as she would call it, a whorehouse) in Knoxville. It is somewhat didactic, but this never gets in the way of what is a ripping good tale that takes us from WWII to the age of the internet. The perspective of a madam in a Southern brothel provides a fascinating view on the changes in society and attitudes towards s ...more
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Julia Watts is the author of over a dozen novels, including the Lambda Literary Award-winning Finding H.F.., the Lambda Literary and Golden Crown Literary Society Award finalist The Kind of Girl I Am, and the Lambda Literary Award finalist and Golden Crown Literary Award-winning Secret City. She holds a B.A. in English from The University of Tennessee, an M.A. in English from the University of Lou ...more

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