Snapped: Inspiring ‘Madam’ by Cari Lynn
At Cari Lynn’s book-release party at Sassafras Saloon in Los Angeles for Madam: A Novel of New Orleans, just out from Plume, guests got a peek at the inspiration for the cover design: a photo taken in 1912 in the real bordellos of Storyville, New Orleans. The photographer was E.J. Bellocq, who’s a character in Madam. While we don’t know who the woman in the photo really is, we do know she was a prostitute in one of the high-end bordellos; and in Madam, we imagine her to be the main character, Mary Deubler, who goes on to transform herself into the legendary Madam Josie Arlington.
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