Saturday, May 05, 2012
31. Bang for a Buck by Catherine Roman
And what a story. This woman lived through a lot. She started out in rural Ontario, starting out with a semi-functional nuclear family but eventually getting bumped from relative to relative, many of whom were already a part of the criminal element. She just starts to get in to worse and worse situations, at least from society's perspective, finally ending up as a prostitute in a rural, mobile brothel up north. While she gets beaten, sexually assaulted, kidnapped and constantly harassed, much of her life seems more like an adventure to her (and her real life) than some descent into badness. There are some truly horrific situations, including getting kidnapped by this psycho french-canadian in the employ of the RCMP, where she is locked in his north Montreal house and forced to play shut-in wife and victim to his weird sex games. Very scary.
It's hard to know what drives her. I think a psychologist would recognize symptoms of mental dysfunction in her, both from abuse as a child possibly just innate. The book ends without any real resolution, except perhaps that she has moved into a new stage of her life (though that is only hinted at). She's only in her early-20s by the end and one must imagine that she got her life together enough to be able to write a book and get it published. I'd be curious if today she is living a more stable life.