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FJ Book Club: A memoir of a Melbourne sex worker

IMAGE VIA RITA THERESE

This week we’re reading Come.

Every two weeks, a group of FJ readers gather together to dissect a new book with unrestrained candour. It’s open to all to join, you simply need to register your details below and we’ll email you details of that week’s Zoom meet.

Our next meet is sure to be spicy, with our editors choosing Come as our FJ Book Club pick.

The story is a memoir written by 25-year-old Melbourne sex worker Rita Therese, who entered the sex industry at age 18, after she saw a sign seeking nude models and gave the number a ring. She’s worked as a stripper, in porn and as an escort since, currently working as an escort under the alias Gia.

The book revolves around tales of love, sex, heartbreak and grief, and finds its sweet spot at the tension between Rita’s personal life and how it blurs with her work persona, Gia. It’s honest, salacious and with an endearing dark humour that’s a little like Fleabag. 

The subject matter alone is taboo enough to make it worth exploring, but it’s Rita’s strength of voice and assuredness as a writer that means you’ll love this memoir.

To join the next FJ Book Club meet, slot in your details below. We’ll schedule a Zoom get-together where we can all discuss the highs, lows and in-betweens of the stories we’ve just read. BYO vino.

FJ Book Club will continue every fortnight, with new title announcements dropping every other Monday.

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