A hilarious novel that Maggie Shipstead calls "charming...witty and insightful", about a woman who still has her virginity at the age of 26 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 26 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 reroute 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 led to Viv's appalling condition, all while trying to avoid the same fate.
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 nondecisions - we make that can end up shaping a life.
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Too descriptive, bad story
Not for me
- Yvonne "I live to ride my bike."