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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
A Someday Courtesan: A Memoir in Stories is a work of non-fiction by Sephe Haven in the memoir and autobiographical writing subgenres. It is intended for the adult reading audience, owing to the presence of explicit sexual discussions and sensitive subject matter such as rape and abortion. A sometimes harrowing and occasionally whimsical look at coming of age and working as an escort, this work is a life told in episodes that each contain special meaning for the author and will surely touch the hearts of many different kinds of people in the wider readership. The work also examines the nature of growing up female in modern-day America.
Sephe Haven delivers a work like nothing I have ever read before, with plenty of fascinating anecdotes and valuable life lessons to learn and share in every evocative chapter. One of the features which I enjoyed most about the work was the honesty and sensitivity of the author, who relates some extremely personal experiences but relives those moments with empowerment and a critical eye cast over her shoulder. There is no glossing over or idealizing in Haven’s take on the influences that led her to the life she has lived, and I felt an immense sense of pride in reading such a bold journey of discovery and affirmation, despite the many ups and downs an individual’s life can take. I found A Someday Courtesan to be a highly engrossing read with as much joy as it has hardship, and I think it will suit fans of true-life tales, motivational memoirs, and reflective, emotive writing styles.