On a mangy beach in Key West, sixteen-year-old Myra meets
Elijah, a Tanzanian musician twice her age. Trapped on a spring break family
vacation, Myra longs to lose her virginity to Elijah, and is shocked to learn
he lives with Gayl, a secretive, violent woman with a strange power over him.
When Myra and her splitting-up family return home, she falls
in with a pot-smoking anarchist crowd. But when Gayl and Elijah follow her
north, she walks willingly into their world, engaging in more and more abject
As Myra enters unfamiliar worlds of sex, porn, race, and
class, she explores territories unknown in herself. Maidenhead traverses the
desperate, wild spaces of a teenage girl’s self-consciousness. Download and start listening now!