Friday, September 13, 2013

The Seedy Underbelly

Suitcase Pimp by Loren Niva

Disclaimer: I received this book from the author in exchange for a review.

Summary: It started out organically enough...

Serial malcontent Loren Niva and his impressionable young wife Anya make the move out to California, in search of their slice of the American Dream. Starry-eyed victims of blind faith and misplaced trust, it isn't long until the city of Los Angeles conspires to devour them whole.

Sick of navigating dire financial straits, open-minded Anya takes work as a ‘girl-girl’ performer in the San Fernando Valley’s thriving adult entertainment industry. Loren assumes the role of a ‘suitcase pimp’ – a slur reserved for boyfriends and husbands of porn starlets – and takes to his sordid new life with voracious relish.

What follows is a boozy, merrily depraved descent into unbridled excess, spanning locales both seedy and stately throughout Los Angeles and Las Vegas. Through whiskey-bleared eyes, Loren eagerly explores his debaucherous new world. But as Anya's dubious star continues to rise, Loren's torrid, increasingly perverse adventures threaten to tear their already flimsy union asunder.

At turns outrageous and profane, Suitcase Pimp tackles the various oily idiosyncrasies of ‘the Industry’, shining a grubby little spotlight on the colorful, low-dwelling characters that comprise it. It is a brutish testament to all-American excess - and a lament for the slow disintegration and demise of an all-American marriage.

Review: A rather sordid tale of two people who got swept up in the porn industry.

Before this book, I had never head the term suitcase pimp. It turns out that a suitcase pimp is the boyfriend or husband of a girl in the porn industry. I must admit that I kept thinking of the movie Orgasmo when I read this book. If you don't know, Orgasmo is a movie by the people that created South Park if that tells you anything. This book has a lot of sex in it (it is about the porn industry), but it focuses on the relationship of Anya and Loren.

I don't understand how Anya and Loren ever got together. Anya seemed decent enough, but Loren seemed like a waste of space. He never did much. My husband and I have been in pretty bad financial straits, but I have never thought of doing porn before. I was amazed that Anya actually decided to do porn and amazed that Loren went along with it. I don't know how close to the porn industry is to what is described in this book, but it seems downright depressing. I do hope that Loren's life does turn for the better.


Recommendation: I would recommend this book to those that enjoy unusual stories or stories involving the porn industry.

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