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A poignant, hilarious novel 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 fifty-eight-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.

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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  • “Amusing but also smart about people and unexpectedly sweet.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Every single page of Emma Rathbone’s Losing It contains a line so funny, so awkward, so perfect, that you do not want this momentous summer to end.”

    Kevin Wilson, author of The Family Fang

  • A Kirkus Reviews Pick for Summer Reading, 2016
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About the Author

Emma Rathbone is a novelist and the recipient of a Christopher Isherwood Grant in Fiction. Her work can also be seen in the Virginia Quarterly Review and online at the New Yorker. She is a graduate of the University of Virginia Creative Writing Program.

About the Narrator

Jorjeana Marie has worked extensively as an actress, comedian, writer, and audiobook narrator. Her narrations have earned her eleven Earphones Awards. As a stand-up comic, she often opens for renowned talents such as Louie Anderson, Richard Lewis, and Louis C.K.