Reviewed by Lorraine Robins for Reader Views (5/06)
This book takes us into the life of Angie. She starts out as a homeless person. Living in her car, she hopes for a better life. Angie does not pity herself or even seem to be depressed. She is a strong woman who knows her life will get better.
We follow Angie’s journeys, past and present. During this time, the author explores many women’s issues. There are many difficult experiences that Angie has gone through. In addition, she talks and interacts with many women who have their own difficulties. These
issues include sexual harassment in varying degrees. The sexual harassment ranges from inappropriate comments to inappropriate touching (criminal sexual conduct). The book also explores rape, child molestation, spousal abuse and incest.
“The Gentlemen’s Club” is well written. I found the book very compelling. I think it is a book for women. However, I believe it should be noted that this book is not for the faint hearted. It contains extremely graphic language, strong sexual content and references, as well as disturbing violence. A person who has been through abuse, for example, may be
disturbed by the explicit nature of this book.
Although the book is fiction, I sadly believe there is a lot of truth in it. I could relate to some of the sexual harassment (having experienced it myself). Luckily, that’s all I have experienced. But I certainly have talked to many women over the years who have endured many of the abuses that took place in the book. I believe this is an important book for women to read.
I think it’s important to note that the author also focuses on the strength of women. That we are able to overcome tragedies from our past. That we, like Angie, are strong enough pull ourselves out of a bad situation and thrive.