Losing It (Hardcover)

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Julia finds herself in a situation she can’t remember seeking out. She hadn’t planned on a job she has no interest in, to live in a town where she has no community, and most immediately worrisome for her, she really hadn’t planned on still being a virgin at 26 years old. As Julia tries to figure out how she got there and how to right her path, Rathbone affectionately shows us the bumpy road some people take while growing comfortable with making definitive decisions. Julia’s narration is at once sharply observant and self-distracted, serving well the book’s big questions of isolation and social perception. If that sounds like a downer I have gone astray as this novel was a fun read. The dialogue especially shines.

— From August 2016

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"Wise and witty... Losing It is cringingly insightful about sex and dating and all the ways we tie ourselves into knots over both." --The New York Times Book Review
A 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.

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: 9781594634772
ISBN-10: 1594634777
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Publication Date: July 19th, 2016
Pages: 272
Language: English