Debbie Doesn’t Do It Anymore is the latest by the famed and very talented writer, Walter Mosley. I have to confess that I am biased; I absolutely love Walter Mosley. I have read every last book in the Easy Rawlins series and many of his other books. I was a bit nervous about this one, though. Of course the title is interesting, and hey, reading about porn stars is too. However, this book is more than that, as we readers are taken on a journey of transformation.
The quick rundown: After a body rocking and life altering orgasm on her porno set, Debbie wakes up, literally and figuratively, and with a new outlook. Known in the porn world as Debbie Dare, she is a woman who can take on multiple men at once, and with her trademark long blond hair, face tattoo and blue eyes, she is a sight to see. After having that oh so great orgasm (Can’t you just imagine? Ok I’m being bad, sorry!), she arrives home to see that life really gets interesting. She finds her husband, Theon, has died in a freak accident and not alone; he and teenage Jolie were electrocuted in the bathtub while filming a porno. All these events make Debbie rethink her life. She puts Debbie away and emerges to the world as Sandra, her bio name.
Sandy really does get her life together. But, of course, she has some run ins along the way. Despite all the trouble she faces, like finding out that Theon left them broke, she doesn’t complain or make excuses, she faces them head on. Sandy even goes as far as welcoming death. Thankfully, though, Sandy emerges on the other side of the camera.
So, I must admit, again, that I was a bit nervous about this book. I should not have! Walter is a great writer, but of course you knew that. Of course, this ain’t Easy Rawlins, but there is much to enjoy in this book. I particularly enjoyed how Sandy, in her quest to Sandydom, gets a new wardrobe and changes her look to push forward her goal of being Sandy again. I also loved that she met up with Theon’s mother and made peace with the family she left, especially her son. I also have to say that Sandy never complained about her past or profession. She learned and moved on.
In brief, I enjoyed this book. It is deeper than just being about a porn star or being a racy book. Readers of his books might find this a bit different, but I recommend it. So, check it out!
I received my copy from Netgalley.