Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Book Review: The Slave Across the Street

The Slave Across the Street
The Slave Across the Street by Theresa L. Flores

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A short but horrifying story of a young girl's experience over the course of two years in the 1980s. During that time she was threatened and coerced into prostitution by a local crime gang.

To protect herself and her family, she was forced to lead a double life. She struggled to maintain a normal outward appearance, never knowing when she would be expected to go to "work."

It's an appalling story, so much so that you want it to be fiction. But it isn't. It's her story, and she tells it with courage.

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  1. At first I thought: "3 out of 4 stars and short, make a note of it." The books I've turned to lately have either been wholly unsatisfying or looooong.

    Then I read your synopsis and I just can't. Too awful.

    But you did a nice write up -- intriguing and to the point.

  2. Thanks Gal! It was a tough read, and not for everybody. Her story is so outside the expected that she actually includes a "Frequently Asked Questions" section at the end.