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“The Daughters of Hustle is more than just a book, it's a cultural phenomenon that has become the voice of female "hustlers" and entrepreneurs across the world," says Morris. "This erotic, provocative and violent book series, and these enigmatic characters, will encourage you to explore an emotional side of yourself that you probably thought never existed. It will be the most influential and informative book you’ll ever read in your lifetime. You will learn to appreciate and empathize with these young girls, who are struggling to survive in the most volatile situations imaginable."
The origin of the story unfolds with Samantha Yates and Jodi Marshall, who met each other at Quantico, Virginia, where shortly after, they became close friends and joined the Marine Special Operations Regiment (MSOR).
During their service as First Battalion leaders, Samantha was approached by several female Marines, who confessed to being raped by several high ranking officers within the Corps - one of those Marines was her best friend, Jodi. Samantha decided to help her fellow female Marines by filing a petition to bring forth rape charges against ten officers. Before they could get enough signatures to prosecute the rapists, they were unlawfully discharged from duty.
Back in Lawrence, Florida, Samantha and Jodi decided to create a socially conscious organization that would organize women in the community, who were victims of domestic violence, rape and discrimination, and teach them how to fight and end the mistreatment of women. The name of the organization was called The Roses.
Six months later, Samantha and Jodi were both brutally murdered during a drive-by shooting outside Jodi’s grandmother’s house. Jodi’s younger sister, Madison, who was thirteen at the time, was shot in the shoulder and legs, including a graze across her face, while sitting in the back seat of the vehicle. Some people believe the murders were an act of senseless violence, a matter of being in the wrong place and the wrong time; others believe the murder was committed by Special OP Marines. The murders are still unsolved.
In honor of Samantha and Jodi, Madison and her best friend, Rye, 'recreated' The Roses. And although they continue to practice the original vision and ideology set forth by Jodi and Samantha, The Roses have evolved into a vicious female street gang, determined to protect themselves and their ruthless, profitable illegal merchandising business against corrupt law officers, corporate moguls, rival street gangs and suspicious parents.
The Daughters of Hustle will change your life forever.
Written by Jodi McCormick
"This groundbreaking book series exposes the shocking level of sexual abuse against women in the US military, and how the victims are ignored, their wounds left untended, and how the psychological damage festers silently, poisoning their lives, as the survivors are expected to carry on, facing their attacker on a daily basis. Beautifully written.”
- Marsha Collins
"The Daughters of Hustle defines the everyday hardship faced by teenage girls raised in America’s ghettos. It follows Morris' protagonist, Rye Pryor, as she navigates the lives of drug dealers and hustlers, prostitutes and police. Through ambition, unity and education, she starts to see a way out and begins to find new hope and fire through her "sisters." She gives us a guided tour through hell and shows us how to survive in hypocritical and murderous world."
- Juliette Sanderson
“As with “The Sopranos,” “Daughters” has plenty of guns and violence, but it prefers to find its drama in the dialogue, in the internal struggles of the characters. Here, of course, there’s a much larger Shakespearean mythology at work.”
- Mitchell Douglass
“The Daughters of Hustle is about the attempt to recreate a state of nature in the modern world. It examines families, tribes, organizations and states and looks at how distrust, individualism and selfishness have not only rotted out all of these institutions but also made it almost impossible for us to return to a state in which we do work together and trust each other as equal, free individuals.”
- Kip Dawson
“This story explores the lives of female street gangs growing up in dangerous city of Lawrence, Florida, with a broader focus on an entire generation, the children of poor-born families. More specifically, Morris portrays the generational conflict that resulted when parents “threw away” their children to the streets and hoped they would be able to survive on their own.
As the Daughters of Hustle unfolds, Morris' sociological analysis becomes more apparent and the girl’s survival consciousness emerges as they place their own life within the broader context of American psychological and survival patterns.
Several story lines underlie the many specific and sometimes seemingly random moments in the story. Morris charts the girls’ flight from societal distress to the relative emotional security of life on the street with their "new" family and friends. The girls find a sense of belonging within the non-judgmental attitude and the 'survival ideologies' of junkies, prostitutes, drug dealers and religious leaders. They attempt to escape the perils of the death and the real threat of longer incarceration by embracing the intellectual challenge of books, school, and music; this embrace leads to a time of freedom from the 'psychological chains' of the streets and a struggle with their identity and sense of “home.”
- Mary Williams