Winner of the The Believer e-book 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 past Wild, and Michel Foucault. it is a exciting, exceptional, 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 family members holiday, Myra longs to lose her virginity to Elijah, and is surprised to benefit he lives with Gayl, a secretive, violent lady with a wierd strength over him.
When Myra and her splitting-up relations go back domestic, she falls in with a pot-smoking anarchist crowd. but if Gayl and Elijah persist with her north, she walks willingly into their international, undertaking increasingly more abject sexual games.
As Myra enters surprising 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.