In this poignant, bittersweet, sometimes funny account of a stripper's odyssey, the reader is allowed many roles.
We start innocently enough: reading a journal about finding oneself -- a journey across America to recapture and understand a young woman's history as she prepares for a new life.Along the way, we are alternately voyeurs and witnesses, learning the details and daily grinds of a worker in the sex trade -- an exotic dancer, on her last cross-country tour of the clubs that have been such an important part of her life.
Well written and powerful, Strip City becomes, about midway through, the journal of a soul.
Strip City is not a tell-all, although it tells much.
Most of all, it is a very moral tale, honestly told, deftly written, and exhibiting neither shame nor undue pride: an American tale, filled with pop culture images that remind us, over and over again, of the roles a prosperous, bountiful nation has allowed to (or forced on) women.