Spent: A Memoir by Antonia Crane

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A small town girl leaves her troubled family and starts stripping — which introduces her to a community that keeps her sober and saves her life — but a roller-coaster lifestyle ensues. She gets drugged, does enema shows, and unionizes the club. When she tries to quit and go to graduate school, her mother is diagnosed with terminal cancer. Broke and broken, she returns to sex work, which leads to her arrest and a new resilience. Spent is a memoir about a woman’s journey through the sex industry, but it’s also a story of family, community, and the constant struggle against loneliness.

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"Revelatory, unapologetic life story of a San Francisco stripper and sex worker. A raw, searing self-portrait." Kirkus

"Antonia Crane's writing is bold and beautiful and glimmering with light." Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild

“Antonia Crane is a gift. Her writing will change how you look at the world.” —Stephen Elliott

"Bold, brash, brutal, and beautiful, Spent grips from the beginning and is in turns shocking, touching, devastating, and loving." ForeWord Reviews

A small town girl leaves her troubled family and starts stripping — which introduces her to a community that keeps her sober and saves her life — but a roller-coaster lifestyle ensues. She gets drugged, does enema shows, and unionizes the club. When she tries to quit and go to graduate school, her mother is diagnosed with terminal cancer. Broke and broken, she returns to sex work, which leads to her arrest and a new resilience. Spent is a memoir about a woman’s journey through the sex industry, but it’s also a story of family, community, and the constant struggle against loneliness.

Antonia Crane is an adult dancer and performer whose work has been published in The Rumpus, Black Clock, ZYZZYVA, Slake, Smith Magazine, and The Los Angeles Review.She received her MFA in creative writing at Antioch University and lives in Los Angeles.