The Last Madam

A Life in the New Orleans Underworld

Witness Norma Wallace’s shocking rise from teenage streetwalker to legendary madam of The Big Easy.

By Christine Wiltz Read by Donna Postel Biographies & Memoirs / History - United States / Nonfiction / True Crime English, Unabridged 9h 37m Sell Sheet
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8 Audio CDs Tue Nov 22 00:00:00 UTC 2016 49.99 39.99 9781520051307 Add to Cart
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Description
							1916: Norma Wallace, age 15, arrived in New Orleans. Sexy and shrewd, she quickly went from streetwalker to madam and by 1920 had opened what became a legendary house of prostitution. There she entertained a steady stream of governors, gangsters, and movie stars until she was arrested at last in 1962. Shortly before she died in 1974, she tape-recorded her memories - the scandalous stories of a powerful woman with the city's politicians in her pocket and whose lovers included the 25 year old boy-next-door, whom she married at age 64. With those tapes and original research, Christine Wiltz chronicles Norma's rise and fall with the social history of New Orleans. Thick with the vice and corruption that flourished there, Wiltz resurrects a vanished secret world.
Reviews

"Wonderful...Admirably re-creates a little slice of a life otherwise devoured by time." - New York Times Book Review

"...an affecting portrayal of the woman who for 40 years ran the last successful high-class brothel in New Orleans, and of her vanished demimonde...Wiltz thus elevates a sometimes 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

"Juicy, jaunty." - Entertainment Weekly