Red Light Wives

by Mary Monroe

With Red Light Wives, Monroe casts her eye on six extremely different women — haughty and humble, beautiful and plain, young and not-so-young, black, white, Latina, and origins unknown. Lula Mae, Ester, Megan, Rosalee, Helen and Rockelle are “colleagues” — in the world’s oldest profession — and despite their surface differences, all have a gift for laughing in the face of hardship. “Managed” by Clyde, who calls the women his “wives,” they do what wives are expected to do — take care of him, not to mention his young daughter, Keisha, but see no way out. That is until one day, a daring act of defiance changes everything.