Former Porn Star Sasha Grey Will Publish A Novel Described As An Erotic, Female-Driven 'Fight Club'

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'The Juliette Brigade' by Sasha Grey

Former porn star Sasha Grey has signed a publishing deal for her first novel, The Juliette Brigade. It's described as an erotic novel, featuring a strong female lead, with shades of Fight Club. Her book will go through Grand Central Publishing in the US, and Little, Brown in the UK.

Here's Grey talking about the deal, as excerpted by Deadline

“For the very first time I can create my own world, my own characters, my own story, and express my own vision with publishers who are just as passionate about the subject matter as I am. I’m not interested in trying to reinvent the erotic novel, but I look forward to taking it back to its source as a salacious treatment of sex, particularly female sexuality, as something mysterious and sensual. Me sensual? Go figure!”

Grey has an extensive resume--after leaving porn, she's appeared on television and in film (notably The Girlfriend Experience and Entourage), and released a photo book in 2011. This isn't her first brush with the literary world, either. Back in November she read to first- and third-grade students as part of Read Across America, and parents promptly lost it because a former porn star--fully-clothed and not currently engaged in sex--was allowed near their children. 

The Fight Club reference might just be an attempt at clever marketing, but still, I'm intrigued. Will you read this? I'll probably read this. 

Image of The Girlfriend Experience
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Starring: Sasha Grey, Chris Santos, Philip Eytan, Colby Trane, Peter Zizzo
Rating: R (Restricted)

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Emma C's picture
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Emma C from Los Angeles is reading The Warehouse by Rob Hart September 21, 2012 - 5:04am

I hope her writing is better than her acting. I'm still mad at her for ruining Entourage.

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Fylh from from from is reading is from is reading is reading is reading reading is reading September 21, 2012 - 5:54am

Yes, I'll read it. I'd read anything by someone ambitious enough to do a whole bunch of stuff like this, even if it ends up being bad. The Girlfriend Experience wasn't as terrible as I'd anticipated, either. Her music's fucking weird, which I appreciate. Also, I hear she does erotic films! But I know absolutely nothing about how to find that, and I'm not even sure the internet would be much use. How does one discover footage of people fornicating for purposes of stimulation? Please help.

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Gordon Highland from Kansas City is reading Secondhand Souls by Christopher Moore September 21, 2012 - 6:15am

http://bit.ly/QpZ97M   There ya go, Fylh.

Color me curious. This is one of those books for which I'll definitely check out the excerpt first. "Look Inside," if you will.

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Rob from New York City is reading at a fast enough pace it would be cumbersome to update this September 21, 2012 - 6:57am

Emil, the cognitive dissonance of your statement (no hard feelings over calling someone brainless) is remarkable.

If you disagree with someone, do it in a constructive and respectful manner. 

EDIT: And down comes the banhammer...

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Joshua Chaplinsky from New York is reading Stories of YOUR Life September 21, 2012 - 7:11am

What Rob said.

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Jack Campbell Jr. from Lawrence, KS is reading American Rust by Phillipp Meyer September 21, 2012 - 7:30am

I will read it if it sounds interesting. I'm not going to judge her for the dirty, dirty things she did on film. :D I am all for anyone trying to write that wants to do it, especially if it is fiction and not just another ghostwritten celeb biography. Obviously, from the reading to children thing, literacy is important to her. More power to her. I'll support it.

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Michael J. Riser from El Cerrito, CA (originally), now Fort Worth, TX is reading The San Veneficio Canon - Michael Cisco, The Croning - Laird Barron, By the Time We Leave Here, We'll Be Friends - J. David Osborne September 21, 2012 - 8:36am

At least it's not a Kardashian sister, amiright?

I know nothing about her so I'll reserve judgment until the work is released. It's an interesting premise, though, depending on how it's carried out. I can imagine equal cases of brilliance and catastrophe.

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Richard from St. Louis is reading various anthologies September 21, 2012 - 8:38am

have to admit, that sounds interesting.

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Jane Wiseman from Danville Virginia is reading The Iron Council, by China Mieville September 21, 2012 - 9:08am

Doubt I'll read it-- too many other great things to read out there, and I have to admit, I'm always suspicious of people who publish by trading on their celebrity in other fields.

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Brian Dunn from Phoenix, AZ is reading multiple things September 21, 2012 - 9:43am

Jane summed up my feelings on this quite nicely. Thanks, Jane!

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Julie Rudnick September 21, 2012 - 10:05am

Agree with Michael Riser - - thankfully not a Kardashian!

That said, probably won't actively seek it out but if it landed on my desk, I would give it a look through.

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Michael Thomas from South Jersey is reading books September 21, 2012 - 12:23pm

"I hope her writing is better than her acting."

Took the words out of my mouth. I wonder if she didn't have sex on camera for money, would this book even see the light of day? "Hollywood" is sickening. Controversy and sex over substance. To each their own.

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Fylh from from from is reading is from is reading is reading is reading reading is reading September 21, 2012 - 12:27pm

What the hell did I miss for someone to get banned?

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Richard from St. Louis is reading various anthologies September 21, 2012 - 1:41pm

^jackassery, i'm guessing, phil.

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bryanhowie from FW, ID is reading East of Eden. Steinbeck is FUCKING AMAZING. September 21, 2012 - 2:22pm

I've always enjoyed her acting.  We're talking about porn, right?

I enjoyed the hell out of it.

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Dino Parenti from Los Angeles is reading Everything He Gets His Hands On September 21, 2012 - 2:35pm

I agree with Jane on the celebrity bit. That said, I would never discourage her from giving it the old college try:)

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JEFFREY GRANT BARR from Central OR is reading Nothing but fucking Shakespeare, for the rest of my life September 21, 2012 - 3:45pm

She was great, in that thing I saw her in.

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Emma C from Los Angeles is reading The Warehouse by Rob Hart September 21, 2012 - 4:37pm

@Howie Porn, yes, decent acting. Ya know, for porn.

Legitimate dramatic acting? It's like watching a cardboard cutout of Princess Leia act.

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Pretty Spry for... from I'd prefer it if you didn't know. So would you, only you don't know it. is reading whatever he makes time for this week September 21, 2012 - 8:22pm

Considering what supposedly prompted Palahniuk to write 'Fight Club,' I'm not sure he'd be on board with this.

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Jonathan Riley from Memphis, Tennessee is reading Flashover by Gordon Highland September 21, 2012 - 8:55pm

Anyone here watch Californication? The concept reminds me of Fucking and Punching. Which I'd really like to read if written by Hank Moody. Sasha Grey, Not so much.

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Michael Sean LeSueur from Arizona is reading The Drowning Girl: A Memoir by Caitlin R. Kiernan September 22, 2012 - 3:45pm

I'll give it a shot!

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Dorian Grey from Transexual, Transylvania is reading "East of Eden" by John Steinbeck September 22, 2012 - 4:05pm

'Former'? Ah, damn.

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David G September 22, 2012 - 6:15pm

I have less than no interest. It reminds me of when Traci Lords wanted to do "real" acting. Does anyone really care?

When so many deserving authors can't find publishers it amazes me that so many people will read a book like this or one by the Kardashians. For the most part these people have no talent and just got a contract based on their name, that's it. 

But that's just my opinion. 

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Gordon Highland from Kansas City is reading Secondhand Souls by Christopher Moore September 22, 2012 - 11:32pm

Sure, it bothers me when people are given book deals based on their name alone. At least it's a novel and not a celebrity memoir. Who knows, maybe she's a really talented writer and porn's just something she did for money. I have a day job; most of us do. She strikes me as the type of person who takes her work very seriously, not some painted, inflatable bimbo. How about Tyler Knight? I know he has friends around here. Would he earn the same scorn for making the leap from porn to writing?

I thought Craig Ferguson's novel was very good. Never read any of Steve Martin's or Carrie Fisher's. I mean, those people are all actors. Jim Lehrer has written 20 novels.