NEW YORK, NY — In the wake of her enthusiastically received Kickstarter project of October 2015, which was funded at almost three times over its goal, essayist and personal writer Charlotte Shane has released Prostitute Laundry, the collection of her Tiny Letters by the same name. Prostitute Laundry, a memoir, details 18 months in the life of an American sex worker. In the process, Shane explores themes of fidelity, deception, love, and lust, through the lens of work life and personal life, always in the spirit of sensitive and sincere emotional inquiry. N.B., a selection of Shane’s previous personal writing from her beloved, now defunct blog Nightmare Brunette, is also available.

Prostitute Laundry began as a small email list through the service Tiny Letter, and within two years had expanded to over 5500 dedicated subscribers. Throughout the project’s duration, it was featured in outlets like NPR’s On The Media, The Washington Post, and New York Magazine, and touted as redefining women’s use of newsletters. (See additional praise and coverage below.)

Charlotte Shane was a founding editor of the sex worker website Tits and Sass and has contributed to many outlets including Matter, Bookforum, Hazlitt, Fusion, Pacific Standard, The New Inquiry, and Playboy. Medium asked her to blog her recent book tour on their site; additional upcoming dates for appearances and readings can be found on her website. Her writing was featured in the anthology Coming & Crying.

Contact:  Charlotte Shane



The Buzz:

Shane narrates . . . in a kind of gentle, considered past tense that makes each missive read as if it has been very sagely composed by a writer who has lived 50 years since . . . That’s exactly what Dickens had a talent for, too. The Guardian 

Addictive, intimate . . . Prostitute Laundry is not popular because of its graphic sexual content . . . but more so because of Shane's ability to write so poetically about humanity. — Vice 

Every form of writing has an author whose work helped define it; for TinyLetter, that author is Charlotte Shane. I don’t think anyone understood what a TinyLetter really could be until Shane began her Prostitute Laundry series in February of 2014 . . . It felt like reading a novel in serial form, spiked with the knowledge that these experiences were drawn from someone’s daily reality. And then, there’s the prose, which is absolutely hypnotic—intimate, confessional, and even self-scouring in a way that’s unspeakably rare. — Brooklyn Magazine

Her writing . . . is in turns incisive and tender, embracing human frailty with bracing honesty.The Establishment

A modern day Anaïs Nin opens her heart and dumps it out on the floor in front of us. Intimate reflections on infatuation, love, sex and sex work . . . Her raw and unflinching observations and admissions about the feeling of being in the eye of the storm that is being in love, or in lust, or both, are witty and poetic. Goodreads