"These Days: A Tale Of Nostalgia On A Burlesque Strip"
Writer Margo Christie's debut novel, These Days: A Tale of Nostalgia on a Burlesque Strip is set in Baltimore in the 1970s. It tells the story of a starry-eyed teenager, Becky Shelling, who dreams of being a movie star, and loves the music and films of her parent’s generation. A relationship with a smooth-talking older man leads to her working as a stripper on “The Block,” the strand of East Baltimore Street in Downtown Baltimore lined with strip clubs. This is a milieu that Margo Christie knows well. She herself worked on the block for several years, and her fictional account closely parallels her own life story. She talks about the book with Tom Hall.