The Butcher, The Baker, The Candlestick Maker by Suzanne Portnoy - Penguin Books AustraliaWhat if you had the power to make all your fantasies come true? Suzanne Portnoy is a woman on a mission. And she intends to find it Suzanne Portnoy. Suzanne Portnoy has been a publicist and director of a PR Company for twelve years, working with some of the biggest clients in the entertainment industry. Divorced and with two children, she lives in West London.
The butcher, the baker, the candlestick maker
Given the events of the last year surrounding the work of James Frey and J. LeRoy chronicled in a PopMatters special feature , it's difficult to not be skeptical, cynical even, regarding the whole realm of sensational memoirs. That autobiography may be embellished is unsurprising, but when said memoirs have been exposed as lies and half-truths, it's impossible not to be suspicious of the whole enterprise. All outraged Oprahs aside, no one wants to feel duped after being led to believe that a real truth exists at the core of the material. Fool me once, shame on you; fool me again, why did I buy this crap in the first place? On the other hand, it's not like memoir faking has proven to be the kiss of death.
Did I say awakening? A more accurate term might be 'explosion'. Portnoy takes the reader on a no-holds-barred tour of swinging, saunas, group sex, fetish clubs, sex with strangers in the lunch hour, online hook-ups, and what she terms 'pleasure without commitment'. The actual title of the book comes from a remark her mother made when Portnoy was 'romancing' a baker: 'All you need now is the butcher and the candlestick maker. Another title Portnoy considered was 'Back on the Market, Flat On My Back,' the name of the blogging site which originally detailed her adventures her new site is at suzanneportnoy.