Format: Trade Paperback
Dimensions: 160 pages, 7.8 × 5.17 × 0.59 in
Published: April 15, 2012
Publisher: Coach House Books
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 155245259X
ISBN - 13: 9781552452592
From the Publisher
Winner of the The Believer Book Award (2012) Shortlisted for the
Trillium Book Award (2013)
Myra, naive and curious, is on a family vacation to the
southernmost tip of Florida - a mangy Key West full of Spring
Breakers. Here, suffering through the embarrassments of a family on
the verge of splitting up, she meets Elijah, a charismatic
Tanzanian musician who seduces her at the edge of the tourist zone.
Myra longs to lose her virginity to Elijah, and is shocked to learn
he lives with Gayl, a secretive and violent woman with a strange
power over him. Myra and her family return to an unnamed,
middle-class, grey Canadian city and she falls in with a
pot-smoking, intellectual anarchist crowd. When Gayl and Elijah
travel north and infiltrate Myra''s life, she walks willingly into
their world: Myra continues to experiment sexually with Elijah,
while Gayl plays an integral part in the increasingly abject games.
Maidenhead traverses the desperate, wild spaces of a teenage
girl''s self-consciousness. How does a girl feel scared? What is
she scared of? And how does telling yourself not to be scared
really work? As Myra enters worlds unfamiliar of sex, porn, race
and class, she explores territories unknown in herself.
About the Author
Tamara Faith Berger was born in Toronto. She wrote porn stories for a living and attempted to make dirty films before publishing her first book, Lie With Me , in 1999. It was made into a film in 2004. In 2001, A Woman Alone at Night was published. Her third book, Maidenhead , won the 2012 Believer Book Award.
''Tamara Faith Berger has been writing challenging and sexy books for more than a decade, but this novel is her best yet. She handles race and class as deftly as she does the effects of internet pornography on our sex lives and our moral lives ? subjects that might be turned into excuses for sermons, but which she renders in original and shocking ways.'' ? - The Believer ''For those of us who secretly read V.C. Andrews and The Story of O under the covers with flashlights in early adolescence, Tamara Faith Berger is our grown?up literary saint. Her prose has consistently traversed extreme, forbidden territory, infusing filth with intelligence and sophistication unseen in much of Canadian literature.'' ? National Post ''Maidenhead is a mesmerizing and important novel, lying somewhere between the wilds of Judy Blume, Girls Gone Wild, and Michel Foucault. It''s a thrilling, brilliant, and really hot place to be.'' ? Sheila Heti, Globe and Mail ''At the risk of sounding grandiose, Maidenhead is a masterpiece: a richly layered, complexly rendered, rhythmically written, and brilliantly executed meditation on power, desire, and consciousness.'' ? Quill and Quire ''Maidenhead is a corrective to Houellebecq''s tales of sex starved, middle?aged masculinity, allowing us to see, finally, from the perspective of the budding slut herself ... [A] fast, engrossing, disquietingly erotic read.'' ? Maisonneuve