Mexican Hooker #1

Mexican Hooker #1

And My Other Roles Since the Revolution

Author(s): Aguirre, Carmen

Carmen Aguirre has lived many lives, all of them to the full. At age six she was a Chilean refugee adjusting to life as a Latina in North America. At eighteen she was a revolutionary dissident married to a generous-hearted man she couldn’t fully love. In her early twenties she fought to find her voice as an actress and to break away from the stereotypical roles thrust upon her–Housekeeper, Hotel Maid, Mexican Hooker #1–all the while navigating the complex paths of lust and heartbreak. As she grew in her career, Aguirre became a writer, a director, an actress, and then a mother, but alongside her many multi-faceted identities was another that was unbearable to embrace yet impossible to escape; that of the thirteen-year-old girl attacked by one of Canada’s most feared rapists. Thirty-three years after the assault, Aguirre decided it was time to meet the man who changed her life.

Fierce, funny and enlightening, Aguirre interweaves her account of overcoming the attack that shook her world with a host of stories of life and love. From her passionate but explosive relationship with a gorgeous Argentinian basketball player to the all-consuming days at drama school in Vancouver; from the end of the Chilean revolutionary dream to life among the Chicano theatre scene of Los Angeles; from the child who was made the victim of a terrible crime to the artist who found the courage to confront her assailant, Aguirre tells a story of strength and survival that will leave you speechless.

“In her pursuit of art in the everyday, in Vancouver’s basement theatre scene though also her own marvellous writing so much in evidence here, Aguirre finds expression but also a way forward—examining her own behaviour ruthlessly, discovering kinship with First Nations, and using the sum of these experiences to transcend the violence of a rape that might have ruined any other child. This is extraordinary and, often unexpectedly, beautiful reading.” —Noah Richler, author of This Is My Country, What’s Yours? A Literary Atlas of Canada and What We Talk About When We Talk About War

“What a bold, brave, and wise artist Carmen Aguirre is. Despite some soul-crushing experiences in her past, she’s written a memoir that’s life-affirming, awe-inspiring, and even wickedly funny in parts. Mexican Hooker #1 has a lot to teach us about the ways of the world.” —Neil Smith, author of Boo

“This book roars with a kind of courage one rarely witnesses in this world. It is a harrowing read, horrific yet unexpectedly—almost impossibly—tender. Carmen Aguirre will show you what compassion truly looks like. And the final few pages will leave you gobsmacked.” —Alison Wearing, author of Confessions of a Fairy’s Daughter and Honeymoon in Purdah

$29.95

ISBN: 9780345813848
Topic: .
Publisher: Random House Canada
Format: hardcover
Pages: 288
Publication date: April 12, 2016