New York street life in the 70s: cathouses, gin mills and dead-end relationships
Blue Money, by Janet Capron
Smart, lurid, and engrossing, Blue Money reads like an authentic dispatch from the dark side of 1970s New York.
I was struck by how wonderfully Blue Money paints such a sharp picture of that time.
Those who appreciate trigger warnings may not appreciate this book. But for anyone else, Capron's eloquent and electric memoir of radical feminism, avid prostitution, and the wish for old-fashioned love will be hard to put down.
Blue Money is nothing less than a total reboot of a genre hitherto dominated by the male 'bad boy' writer. Perfect that this story takes place in the free-wheeling 1970s because it brilliantly recalls the voices of that era's literary enfant terribles –Exley, McGuane, Donleavy – and in the process creates something thoroughly new and uniquely feminine.
A modern day Moll Flanders ... terrifically entertaining and brilliantly written.
Janet Capron has always lived in New York City where she received an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University’s School of the Arts Graduate Writing Program.