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Losing It (Paperback)

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In a world that frequently seems as if it couldn't get much sadder, it is so refreshing to dive into a book that is at once both incredibly touching and laugh-out-loud funny. I found this in Losing It, a poignant tale of a young woman looking to lose the thing she feels has come to define her life. I was immediately drawn to our protagonist Julia's voice--scathing, smart, and deadpan hilarious--and the ways in which this novel says so much about both the ridiculous concept of virginity and that heart-wrenching fear in the back of our minds that we might just never find what we're looking for. Feminist, funny, and fresh, Losing It quickly topped my list of girl-power anthems. 

— From Claire


"It's part 'Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, ' part 'American Pie, ' with a dry humor that'll keep you flipping." -The Skimm

A poignant, hilarious novel that Maggie Shipstead calls "charming... witty and insightful," about a woman who still has her virginity at the age of twenty-six, and the summer she's determined to lose it--and find herself.

"A candid yet funny take on just what desire and love mean." -The Millions

Julia Greenfield has a problem: she's twenty-six years old and she's still a virgin. Sex ought to be easy. People have it all the time But, without meaning to, she made it through college and into adulthood with her virginity intact. Something's got to change.

To re-route herself from her stalled life, Julia travels to spend the summer with her mysterious aunt Vivienne in North Carolina. It's not long, however, before she unearths a confounding secret--her 58 year old aunt is a virgin too. In the unrelenting heat of the southern summer, Julia becomes fixated on puzzling out what could have lead to Viv's appalling condition, all while trying to avoid the same fate.

For readers of Rainbow Rowell and Maria Semple, and filled with offbeat characters and subtle, wry humor, Losing It is about the primal fear that you just. might. never. meet. anyone. It's about desiring something with the kind of obsessive fervor that almost guarantees you won't get it. It's about the blurry lines between sex and love, and trying to figure out which one you're going for. And it's about the decisions--and non-decisions--we make that can end up shaping a life.

About the Author

Emma Rathbone is the author of the novel The Patterns of Paper Monsters. She is the recipient of a Christopher Isherwood Grant in Fiction, and her work can also be seen in the New Yorker. She is also a writer for the upcoming Netflix comedy, G.L.O.W., produced by Jenji Kohan. She lives in Los Angeles.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781594634789
ISBN-10: 1594634785
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Publication Date: July 18th, 2017
Pages: 272
Language: English