Maidenhead

Maidenhead

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Winner of the The Believer Book Award (2012)

Shortlisted for the Trillium Book Award (2013)

On a mangy beach in Key West, sixteen-year-old Myra meets Elijah, a Tanzanian musician twice her age. Trapped on a Spring Break family vacation, Myra longs to lose her virginity to Elijah, and is shocked to learn he lives with Gayl, a secretive, violent woman with a strange power over him.


When Myra and her splitting-up family return home, she falls in with a pot-smoking anarchist crowd. But when Gayl and Elijah follow her north, she walks willingly into their world, engaging in more and more abject sexual games.


As Myra enters unfamiliar worlds of sex, porn, race and class, she explores territories unknown in herself. Maidenhead traverses the desperate, wild spaces of a teenage girl's self-consciousness.


Publisher: Toronto :, Coach House Books
Copyright Date: ©2012
ISBN: 9781770563131
Characteristics: text file,rda
1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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walden20
Jul 22, 2017

A good read for the mature reader. It continues the theme of her earlier novels "Lie with me" (1999) and "The way of the whore" (2001), namely as she says in the Afterword to "Little cat" (2013) putting a voice to "untapped sexual energy in women".

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santiano9
Apr 15, 2015

No point to the first third.....could not get any further. No depth of character, just teen angst and sex?

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