Our Bookseller says:PRETTY BABY is a compulsively readable and a deeply fascinating look at the complexities of power and sex work. Belcher, once a queer kid growing up in rural Appalaicha, becomes the keeper of mens’ fantasies as she grows into the role of a pro-domme in Los Angeles. It’s a fascinating look at desire in all its forms. – Gaby
“Pretty Baby is a muscular, canny memoir about labor and power and gender; it shimmers with rage and insight and I couldn’t put it down. What a fucking gorgeous book.” —Carmen Maria Machado, author of In the Dream House
“Chris Belcher’s Pretty Baby reminds me why I fell in love with memoirs in the first place.”—Saeed Jones, author of How We Fight for Our Lives
The dominatrix is the id of American femininity. She says the words that we all wish we could say when we find ourselves frozen in the presence of men. No is principal among them.
So writes Chris Belcher, who appeared destined for a life of conventional femininity after she took first place in an infant beauty contest—a minor glory that can follow you around a working-class town of 1,600 people in rural West Virginia. But when she came out as queer, the conservative community that had once celebrated its prettiest baby turned on her.