One-Minute Book Reviews

March 12, 2008

Pop Quiz: What’s the Most Famous American Novel About a Call Girl?

Filed under: News — 1minutebookreviewswordpresscom @ 2:48 am
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[Update at 12:15 p.m.: What! This post has been up for more than eight hours and nobody has figured out the answer? I’m taking this as a sign that the East Coast people, who log on first, are stumped. West Coast visitors: Can you help? Jan ]

Suppose Eliot Spitzer had done the smart thing and read a great novel about a call girl instead of consorting with one. What book would he have read? Hint: You know the title. I’m not dredging up a neglected masterwork known only to people who have just defended disserations in American Lit. And the book has a call girl as a main character, not a bit player. I’ll post the answer by the end of the day. If you know it and want to show the world what a genius you are, please leave a comment.

(c) 2008 Janice Harayda. All rights reserved.


  1. Okay, okay, nobody’s guessing, so I’m suggesting that if it isn’t “Butterfield 8,” it should be.


    Comment by knightofswords — March 12, 2008 @ 1:56 pm | Reply

  2. Thanks, Malcolm. I’m going to wait until about 4 p.m. to give the answer on this one (to allow for time-zone delays). There could be more than one legitimate answer to this one, but I have a specific one in mind …

    Comment by 1minutebookreviewswordpresscom — March 12, 2008 @ 2:04 pm | Reply

  3. The Happy Hooker by Xaviera Hollander – I read it years ago.

    Comment by speedytexaslibrarian — March 12, 2008 @ 2:26 pm | Reply

  4. The most famous American novel about a call girl? Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote

    Comment by impreader — March 12, 2008 @ 3:03 pm | Reply

  5. Thanks, Impreader. You’ve got it. I love Blake Edwards’s movie of “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” which works in its own way. But it was definitely a sanitized version of the book.

    Amanda: My memory may be faulty, but isn’t “The Happy Hooker” nonfiction? A great title, though. “The Happy Hooker” must be one of the post-parodied book titles ever. Thanks for taking a stab at it.

    Comment by 1minutebookreviewswordpresscom — March 12, 2008 @ 4:46 pm | Reply

  6. You are right of course Jan. I was thinking “book” and not “novel.”

    Comment by speedytexaslibrarian — March 12, 2008 @ 6:18 pm | Reply

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