This was a fascinating and insightful glimpse into a world that I’ve never experienced. This is My Real Name stirred up a surprising emotional response. I was struck by Brunet’s poetic tenderness one moment and unapologetic honesty the next. I couldn’t put it down. I appreciated the way Brunet details their complex journey of sex work, the challenges, the rewards, the camaraderie with fellow sex workers, navigating personal and romantic relationships, the mental and physical demands of the job, all the while gracefully acknowledging their own privilege and singular experience. I cannot recommend this book enough.
This Is My Real Name is the memoir of Cid V Brunet, who spent ten years (using the name Michelle) working as a dancer at strip clubs. From her very first lapdance in a small-town bar to working at high-end clubs, Michelle learns she must follow the unspoken rules that will allow her to succeed in the competitive industry. Along the way, she and her coworkers encounter compelling clients and unreasonable bosses and navigate their own relationships to drugs and alcohol. Michelle and her friends rely on each other's camaraderie and strength in an industry that can be both toxic and deeply rewarding. Deeply personal, This Is My Real Name demystifies stripping as a career with great respect and candor, while at the same time exploring the complex, sex-positive reationships (queer and otherwise) that make it meaningful.
About the Author
Cid V Brunet spent their twenties stripping in clubs across Canada. They received a degree in creative writing from Douglas College and went on to participate in the Quebec Writers Federation mentorship program, where they wrote their first book, This Is My Real Name.