When Nicole Hardy’s eye-opening “Modern Love” column
appeared in the New York Times, the response from readers was
overwhelming. Hardy’s essay, which exposed the conflict between being true to
herself as a woman and remaining true to her Mormon faith, struck a chord with
in her funny, intimate, and thoughtful memoir, she explores how she came, at
the age of thirty-five, to a crossroads regarding her faith and her identity.
As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Nicole had held
absolute conviction in her Mormon faith during her childhood and throughout her
twenties. But as she aged out of the church’s “singles ward” and entered her
thirties, she struggled to merge the life she envisioned for herself with the
one the church prescribed, wherein all women are called to be mothers and the
role of homemaker is the emphatic ideal.
Confessions of a Latter-day Virgin chronicles the extraordinary lengths Nicole went to in
an attempt to reconcile her human needs with her spiritual life—flying across
the country for dates with LDS men, taking up salsa dancing as a source for
physical contact, even moving to Grand Cayman, where the ocean and scuba diving
provided some solace. But neither secular pursuits nor LDS guidance could help
Nicole prepare for the dilemma she would eventually face: a crisis of faith
that caused her to question everything she’d grown up believing.
In the tradition of the memoirs Devotion and Mennonite
in a Little Black Dress, Confessions of a Latter-day
Virgin is a mesmerizing and wholly relatable account of one
woman’s hard-won mission to find love, acceptance, and happiness on her own
terms. Download and start listening now!