By Tamara Faith Berger
Winner of the The Believer publication Award (2012)
Shortlisted for the Trillium ebook Award (2013)
'Maidenhead is a enchanting and critical novel, mendacity someplace among the wilds of Judy Blume, Girls long gone Wild, and Michel Foucault. it is a exciting, excellent, and very scorching position to be.' — Sheila Heti, Globe and Mail
On a mangy seashore in Key West, sixteen-year-old Myra meets Elijah, a Tanzanian musician two times her age. Trapped on a Spring holiday relations holiday, Myra longs to lose her virginity to Elijah, and is stunned to profit he lives with Gayl, a secretive, violent girl with an odd energy over him.
When Myra and her splitting-up relatives go back domestic, she falls in with a pot-smoking anarchist crowd. but if Gayl and Elijah keep on with her north, she walks willingly into their global, carrying out increasingly more abject sexual games.
As Myra enters strange worlds of intercourse, porn, race and sophistication, she explores territories unknown in herself. Maidenhead traverses the determined, wild areas of a teenage girl’s self-consciousness.
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Lee regarded up at our alien mild fixture that hung over the steaming pizza field. ‘Thank you for this nutrients and this corporation and being within the second. Chin-chin. ’ Jeff all started guffawing. ‘Chin-chin? ’ I downed my wobbly glass. ‘Chin-chin! thanks, Father, for that ultimate journey! ’ My father sipped his wine and neglected me. ‘Cheers. thanks, Lee. It’s been your time considering I’ve had whatever to drink. ’ ‘This is basically, quite good,’ Lee stated. ‘Yep. My mom understands her grape,’ I stated. ‘Wonder what she’s consuming in Seoul. She’s in Seoul, correct? ’ My father peeled his pepperonis off his slice and ate them first. ‘Yes, Myra,’ he acknowledged. ‘We all understand that. ’ I gobbled down 3 slices. Lee appeared uncomfortable and ate fairly slowly. Jeff learn his manga over dinner. i wished extra wine. ‘Is that Sailor Moon? ’ Lee tipped up the canopy of Jeff’s ebook. ‘It’s cool that you simply learn shojo. classic too! you might want to try out Rose of Versailles – Oscar’s a fucking maniac bisexual. Sorry, ’scuse my language. ’ Jeff laughed. So did my dad. ‘No, no, it’s ok, Lee. My daughter is a champion cusser. ’ ‘Cusser? ’ Cusser appeared like one in every of my videos. Teenslutcusserlicker. ‘Cusser, like cuss phrases. You don’t understand that time period? ’ ‘I be aware of that time period, Dad, yet I didn’t imagine i used to be a cusser. I simply inspiration i used to be a freak. ’ ‘No, Myra, come on. You’re now not ... ’ I don’t recognize why I felt like crying. My mouth swarmed with cheese grease. ‘Cusser sounds cool,’ acknowledged Jeff. ‘I wanna be a cusser too. How do i am getting Rose of Versailles? ’ ‘Call me,’ Lee stated. ‘I have a digest compilation of the 1st 12 months. name and I’ll convey it to you after institution or anything at some point. ’ Lee ripped a bit of the empty pizza field and she or he wrote down her quantity at the again. Jeff, i presumed, blushed. My father stood up and fixed Lee’s cardboard quantity at the refrigerator with a magnet. I felt my intestine, the pizza, the flute in my intestine. ‘Have a great time, kids,’ my father stated later, tipsy, framed through the door. ‘Next time you could invite Aaron too. What do you assert, Myra? ’ Lee replied for me. She used to be certainly no longer a child. ‘Okay, Neil. It was once nice to fulfill you. Bye, Jeff! ’ I galloped down the porch stairs. My father, on my own and gaunt from the home mild at the back of him, watched me and Lee move slowly into Aaron’s motor vehicle. Aaron kissed me open-mouthed within the entrance seat. His tongue was once lukewarm. ‘Mmmmmm, you women hittin’ the sauce along with your dad? ’ ‘A glass, only a glass. ’ Aaron sponsored out of our driveway. the sunshine in Jeff’s room went on. I was hoping my father hadn’t noticeable me and Aaron. Chris’s occasion was once within the east finish of the town. I knew we’d be passing via Filmore’s. i used to be considering how I’d get there later, after this get together that was once speculated to be so vital. I’d known as Elijah’s room and he hadn’t responded. ‘So ... Lee says she gave Chris your opus. ’ Aaron squeezed my thigh too difficult and that i jumped. ‘When am I gonna get to learn it too? ’ ‘I can’t think you probably did that. Lee! That used to be my fucking first draft! ’ Lee and Wils have been making out within the again seat. Wils waved his hand at me, as in: depart. They stored kissing.