Sunday, May 13, 2012

Amery House

     Amery House by Samantha J. Moore is a story of five women who were forced into a life of prostitution for  various reasons in the beginning of the 1930's. They find themselves living in a brothel in the French Quarter in New Orleans, and it is in this insular location where most of the novella takes place. Being from New Orleans, I am always both hesitant and curious to see stories set here, but Moore was able to weave a believable story. I could easily picture the house she described and the corrupt cops and gangsters of the time period.
     These are interesting characters and Moore makes a point to tell the story of each one, and to emphasize their humanity and their will to live no matter what the costs. Amery House explores the various cruelties that can be committed against people, and what they do in response. This is not a happy redemptive tale, and I think it is stronger because of it. Overall, it was an interesting quick read.

I give it three and a half cocktails.


  1. Thanks so much for doing a review, Ann! Glad you liked it.


  2. I'm glad you enjoyed the novella and the characters within. Thanks so much for the great review!

    -Samantha J. Moore