Losing It by Emma Rathbone
A Novel

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...nuanced is the uncomfortable relationship between aunt and niece, in which both withhold more than they give. Amusing but also smart about people and unexpectedly sweet.
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"It’s part 'Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants,' part 'American Pie,' with a dry humor that’ll keep you flipping."  –The Skimm 

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.

“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 Emma Rathbone

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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 Virginia Quarterly Review and on newyorker.com. A graduate of the University of Virginia Creative Writing Program, she lives in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Author Residence: Charlottesville, VA Author Image 1
 
Published July 19, 2016 by Riverhead Books. 270 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction, Romance. Fiction
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Kirkus

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on Apr 13 2016

...nuanced is the uncomfortable relationship between aunt and niece, in which both withhold more than they give. Amusing but also smart about people and unexpectedly sweet.

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Reviewed by Stephanie reents on Aug 21 2016

This is trademark Rathbone, who has contributed Shouts & Murmurs pieces to The New Yorker and has a knack for coming up with sharp images and painfully funny observations.

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