Mexican Hooker #1

And My Other Roles Since the Revolution

Carmen Aguirre

Published: 14 April 2016
Trade Paperback, Demy PB
135x216mm, 288 pages
ISBN: 9781846275432
£12.99

Overview

At six years old Carmen Aguirre was a Chilean refugee adjusting to life in North America. At eighteen she was a revolutionary dissident married to a man she couldn't fully love. In her twenties she fought to find herself as an actress and break away from the stereotypes thrust upon her - housekeeper, hotel maid, Mexican Hooker #1.

But alongside these many identities was another that was hard to embrace and impossible to escape: that of the thirteen-year-old girl attacked by one of Canada's most feared rapists. Thirty-three years after the assault, Carmen decided it was time to meet the man who changed her life.


About the author

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Carmen Aguirre was taken, aged 11, from her comfortable Canadian exile, by her mother, to Chile, then Bolivia, Peru, Argentina, spending the next 6 years in the safe houses her mother and stepfather ran. At 18, she joined a guerrilla organization in Pinochet's Chile. Today she again lives in Canada, where she is a celebrated playwright and actress - she was in Quinceanera, a Sundance winner. Her first book, Something Fierce, was published by Portobello Books in 2012. Its follow-up, Mexican Hooker #1, will be published in April 2016. More about the author


Reviews

‘Aguirre retells her experience living as an activist in South America with brutal clarity and understated courage... Mexican Hooker #1 is devastating in its succession of deflated ideologies, peace and democracy being the first to go... Aguirre's words are not a gesture. They are a powerful victory, an uprising of the spirit, for survivors of abuse, and most importantly, for herself

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‘Powerful... [this] is more than brave - it is dauntless, and Aguirre's telling of it, even in its devastating moments, accomplishes what she set out to do: integrate it all in order to bare her true self’

‘Raw and vibrant, bursting with energy. Sex and love are examined candidly. Aguirre doesn't cut herself any slack and is utterly fearless, it appears, in revealing her desires and her mistakes. And sometimes her sexual escapades are just downright hilarious... Mexican Hooker #1 works on many engaging levels’





 
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