"In 1912, in Storyville, the notorious red-light district of New Orleans, a photographer named E. J. Bellocq took a series of photographs of the women who worked in the brothels. Rediscovered in the 1950s, Bellocq's photographs have become famous, but the man himself remains a mystery.In Bellocq's Women, Peter Everett performs as remarkable a feat of fictional reconstruction as he did in Matisse's War and The Voyages of Alfred Wallis. All we have of Bellocq are his photographs and a few fragmentary memories; in this extraordinary novel Everett not only brings the photographer to life - and with him his strange, tortured relationship with his mother and two young girls, one his landlady's daughter, the other a child whore - but also his world - the opium dens and bar rooms of New Orleans and the whore houses with their surreal combination of violence and homeliness."
"A subtle contribution to the interest that has grown up around a mysterious set of photographs, loosely known as 'The Bellocqs'... Belloc's Women quietly addresses some of the theoretical issues that arise from the art of photography, with a humanity that is no less impressive for being overshadowed by great pain. It is very much in style with the photographs that inspired it." -"TLS