The Last Madam: A Life in the New Orleans Underworld by Chris Wiltz

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The Last Madam: A Life in the New Orleans Underworld

'“In this world, there are great characters who have no idea that they are great characters, and great characters who are fully aware of their greatness. Wallace must be counted among the latter. She had the wit of Dorothy Parker and the instinct for self-dramatization of Tallulah Bankhead.” —Michael Lewis, The New York Times Book Review“Christine Wiltz has done a remarkable and rare thing: she has captured perfectly the essential earthy complexity of the most fascinating city on this continent. The Last Madam is an exhilarating mardi gras of a book.” —Robert Olen Butler, Pulitzer Prize–winning author“Wiltz elevates [an] impeccably assembled historical narrative above its elementary bawdy elements into something more elegant and fragile: the resurrection of a secret world like those uncovered by Luc Sante and James Ellroy.” —Publishers Weekly“Wonderful . . . Admirably re-creates a little slice of a life otherwise devoured by time.” —The New York Times Book Review“French Quarter madam Norma Wallace was one of those characters who could flourish only in New Orleans . . . She served jail time.  She received the key to the city.  And she died a violent, mysterious death.” —New Orleans Times-Picayune'
'“In this world, there are great characters who have no idea that they are great characters, and great characters who are fully aware of their greatness. Wallace must be counted among the latter. She had the wit of Dorothy Parker and the instinct for self-dramatization of Tallulah Bankhead.” —Michael Lewis, The New York Times Book Review“Christine Wiltz has done a remarkable and rare thing: she has captured perfectly the essential earthy complexity of the most fascinating city on this continent. The Last Madam is an exhilarating mardi gras of a book.” —Robert Olen Butler, Pulitzer Prize–winning author“Wiltz elevates [an] impeccably assembled historical narrative above its elementary bawdy elements into something more elegant and fragile: the resurrection of a secret world like those uncovered by Luc Sante and James Ellroy.” —Publishers Weekly“Wonderful . . . Admirably re-creates a little slice of a life otherwise devoured by time.” —The New York Times Book Review“French Quarter madam Norma Wallace was one of those characters who could flourish only in New Orleans . . . She served jail time.  She received the key to the city.  And she died a violent, mysterious death.” —New Orleans Times-Picayune'
Publisher: Open Road Media ISBN: 9781497658509 Pages: 288