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The Virgins
by Pamela Erens


Overview - * A New York Times Editor's Choice selection * A Chicago Tribune Editor's Choice selectio * A Best Book of 2013, The New Yorke * A Best Book of 2013, The New Republi * A Critics' Choice selection for 2013, Salo * A Best Indie Title of 2013, Library Journa * One of Redbook's "Top Ten Beach Reads of 2013 * One of O Magazine's "Ten Titles to Pick Up Now," August 201 * Featured in The Millions's "Most-Anticipated" List 201 * A "This Week's Hot Reads" selection, The Daily Beas * A Vanity Fair Hot Type selectio * The Virgins was a finalist for the John Gardner Awar * Publishers Weekly named The Virgins one of the best boarding school books of all tim  Read more...

 
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Overview
* A New York Times Editor's Choice selection * A Chicago Tribune Editor's Choice selectio * A Best Book of 2013, The New Yorke * A Best Book of 2013, The New Republi * A Critics' Choice selection for 2013, Salo * A Best Indie Title of 2013, Library Journa * One of Redbook's "Top Ten Beach Reads of 2013 * One of O Magazine's "Ten Titles to Pick Up Now," August 201 * Featured in The Millions's "Most-Anticipated" List 201 * A "This Week's Hot Reads" selection, The Daily Beas * A Vanity Fair Hot Type selectio * The Virgins was a finalist for the John Gardner Awar * Publishers Weekly named The Virgins one of the best boarding school books of all tim

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781935639626
  • ISBN-10: 1935639625
  • Publisher: Tin House Books
  • Publish Date: August 2013
  • Page Count: 281
  • Dimensions: 7.7 x 5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.75 pounds


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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2013-08-05
  • Reviewer: Staff

In Erens's (The Understory) second novel students Seung Jung and Aviva Rossner are widely known at Auburn Academy boarding school for flaunting their promiscuity. Despite the rumors about their sexual escapades, Seung and Aviva are virgins, unable to consummate their relationship. Set in 1979, Bruce Bennett-Jones, a fellow student, narrates this tale of a seemingly mismatched couple, Seung, a Korean-American boy experimenting with drugs, and Aviva, a Jewish girl trying to find her area of aptitude. From Bruce's perspective, the reader is shown the initial meeting between Seung and Aviva, their growing passion towards each other, the resulting drama and final tragedy. Meanwhile, Bruce's own desire for Aviva is apparent, but his failed initial attempt prevents him from pursuing her. Instead, Bruce uses Aviva as the focus of his sexual fantasies. Erens effectively depicts both Seung's frustration in being unable to satisfy Aviva physically and Aviva's desperation to let herself fully lose control. Adroitly capturing the anguish of adolescent desire, Eren's latest is a lesson in love, loss, and tragedy. Agent: Anna Stein O'Sullivan, Aitken Alexander Associates, LLC. (Aug.)

 
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