Market Street Cinema

August 15, 2016
Votes: 0
Audience Adult, New Adult
Format Novella
Word Count 20-40k (very short)

Editing, Production, Marketing & Sales

Edited by Leigh Hogan
Cover design by Deranged Doctor Design
Published Through Amazon Createspace – KDP
Read a positive review
Distributed by Amazon
Reviewer Rating: 4.5 Stars

The Rundown

Lita isn’t college material. Unfortunately, she has figured this out after dropping out of her local community college. When her parents find out, they demand that she either return to school or move out on her own. So Lita finds an apartment and declares her independence, though she is struggling to make ends meet with her retail job. When Liberty, a dancer at Market Street Cinema comes into her store, the two women quickly connect. Liberty convinces Lita to sell lingerie to the women at the club, which leads to her becoming a dancer there as well. Lita knows that she doesn’t want to be a stripper and salesgirl forever, but she needs some time to figure out which way her life is going to go. Meanwhile she lives a double life, hiding her work from her parents and friends while learning to navigate the complicated world of sex work.



Market Street Cinema is a sympathetic, practical look at the world of stripping. Though there is a great deal of sexual material, the story itself is not erotic. Instead it is about the coming of age of a girl who wants to live life on her own terms. The story could have been a little longer, allowing more space to explore some of the less-developed plot points. Several interesting ideas are mentioned, but then quickly dropped. However, the book’s main strength lies in the relationship between maternal lifer Liberty and wide-eyed newcomer Lita. The two women are fully fleshed out with dreams and heartbreak beyond their place of employment and their relationship blooms naturally through long shifts and intimate conversations. The story also benefits from the amount of detail Machado weaves into the setting. The club feels both seedy and professional, with the narrative moving seamlessly between descriptions of lap dances and the division of tips. By treating stripping like any other job, the story avoids the clichés and melodrama it could have easily used.

The Recommendation

This book is recommended for fans of New Adult literature who are more interested in coming of age and platonic relationships than romance. Though the book is about sex workers, it is not a sexy story and not recommended for fans of erotica.

The Rating Reviewer Rating: 4.5 Stars

4.5 Stars (out of 5): Highly recommended. This book is a great read. It can hold its own against any traditionally published novel in its genre, and surpasses many.

The Pros & Cons

Pros: Characterization, Emotional, Strong World-Building
Cons: Very Short

The Reviewer

Amanda McSweeney

Amanda McSweeney is an inactive librarian and freelance writer living in the Greater Boston area.

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Author’s Summary

Straight A’s and skilled test taking in high school did little to prepare Lita for the rigors and reality of college life. Six weeks in, and she knew she was out. Unfortunately, her parents had other ideas and offered her an ultimatum…go back to college or move out.

Forced onto a fast-track to adulthood and independence, Lita has no choice but to accept and adapt to her circumstances. Taking a minimum wage job at the local mall barely covers the bills, but a chance encounter soon changes her life.

Liberty is a sweet talking beauty, with a stage name and a presence that charms as much as it comforts. Taking Lita under her wing, Liberty invites her to visit the club – which soon leads to Lita accepting a job as an exotic dancer at San Francisco’s Market Street Cinema.

Will her time in the dark and gritty underworld of adult entertainment put her on a path that secures her future…or will it swallow her whole, destroying everything she never knew she wanted?

Short Description

Will Lita’s stint in the dark and gritty underworld of adult entertainment put her on a path that secures her future…or will it swallow her whole, destroying everything she never knew she wanted?


Will a stint in the sex trade secure a future - or raze it all?

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