The Virgins


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$15.95  $14.83
Tin House Books
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5.0 X 0.9 X 7.7 inches | 0.75 pounds
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About the Author

Pamela Erens was raised in Chicago and attended Phillips Exeter Academy and Yale University, where she concentrated on literary theory and women s studies. For many years she worked as a magazine editor, including at "Glamour." Her editing and freelance journalism have won national awards.
Erens s first novel, "The Understory," published in 2007, was the winner of the Ironweed Press Fiction Prize and a finalist for both the 2007 "Los Angeles Times" Book Prize for First Fiction and the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing. Erens has also published short fiction, poetry, and essays in literary journals and magazines ranging from "Chicago Review" and "New England Review" to "O: The Oprah Magazine." She is the recipient of two New Jersey State Council on the Arts fellowships in fiction and was a Tennessee Williams Scholar at the Sewanee Writers Conference.


The metaphysics of The Virgins [is] that the potential eroticism in all things makes them all secretly significant.
The Virgins does qualify as a new classic and students of the form will read it again and again.
With a cover like this, who could resist a peek? What lay inside was even more riveting than the titillating, slightly disturbing, Lolita-esque photo that first encouraged me to have a go. A prep-school saga about sex, rumors, young love, and adult regret, The Virgins encouraged its readers to feel as frenzied, and libidinous, and strung out as a 17-year-old in the throes of first lust. This small, smart masterpiece is a beautiful shot of adrenaline--with a terrifying come down.
The Virgins reminded me how gratifying it is to fall into a good novel--one that feeds the senses and makes us think.
Suspenseful and swift and well made, The Virgins, Pamela Erens's exciting new fiction, ratchets up the heat on the boarding school novel with ferociously sensual descriptions of frustrated love--love imagined and love experienced. Easy to fall for this book and fall hard.
The Virgins is a stunningly beautiful novel. It is precisely observed, skillfully constructed, and brilliantly written. This is possibly the best novel of the many good ones set in a New England prep school, that terrain of elegance and envy, of flowering and blight.