Debbie Doesn't Do It Anymore

  • by Walter Mosley
  • Narrated by Bahni Turpin
  • 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In this scorching, mournful, often explicit, and never less than moving literary novel by the famed creator of the Easy Rawlins series, Debbie Dare, a black porn queen, has to come to terms with her sordid life in the adult entertainment industry after her tomcatting husband dies in a hot tub. Electrocuted. With another woman in there with him. Debbie decides she just isn't going to "do it anymore". But executing her exit strategy from the porn world is a wrenching and far from simple process.
Millions of men (and no doubt many women) have watched famed black porn queen Debbie Dare - she of the blond wig and blue contacts - "do it" on television and computer screens every which way with every combination of partners the mind of man can imagine. But one day an unexpected and thunderous on-set orgasm catches Debbie unawares, and when she returns to the mansion she shares with her husband, insatiable former porn star and "film producer" Theon Pinkney, she discovers that he's died in a case of hot tub electrocution, "auditioning" an aspiring "starlet". Burdened with massive debts that her husband incurred, and which various L.A. heavies want to collect on, Debbie must reckon with a life spent in the peculiar subculture of the pornography industry and her estrangement from her family and the child she had to give up. She's done with porn, but her options for what might come next include the possibility of suicide. Debbie... is a portrait of a ransacked but resilient soul in search of salvation and a cure for grief.

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What the Critics Say

"This could be the best thing Mosley has written in years, a deeply affecting story of a woman whose determination to pull herself out of one life and into another is tested almost to its limits by things she can't control - until she finds a way to control them.... [Mosley is] back at the top of his game here." (Booklist)
"The premise is jarring, yet Mosley is able to pain a picture of ordinary people. He shows the humanity of the characters despite their flaws." (Library Journal)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Do you Debbie!

DDDIA, was an awesome novel! I found it to be empowering for anyone dealing with breaking away from the old and starting anew.
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- N. Bradley

Worth reading at least once

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I like action in my books, but in this case, too much would have taken the heart out of the story, so no.


What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

I can't say what I expected, but I wasn't blown away. Just ok.


What does Bahni Turpin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She was outstanding. She made me sympathize with Debbie. She brought out her strength and vulnerability at the same time.


If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Hmmmm...I'd watch it on Netflix.


Any additional comments?

This book has some action, but not much. It's a moderately paced book mostly about Debbie's internal turmoil and personal growth. Overall, it was a solid book. Worth at least one read.

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- LaRena

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-13-2014
  • Publisher: Random House Audio