SEX TALKS TO GIRLS
By Maureen Seaton
Publication Date: October 21, 2008
ISBN:978-0-299-22880-4, Cloth, $26.95
“Seaton fills her pages with pathos and humor.”—Elena Georgiou, author of Mercy, Mercy Me
Sex Talks to Girls chronicles the outward antics of a woman on an inward journey to self through the routes of religion, sex, sobriety, and kids. Recasting herself in this memoir as “Molly Meek,” Maureen Seaton interprets the emergence of Molly’s identity in luxurious and very funny prose. Molly alternately finds herself in the surprising company of winos, swingers, and drag kings; in love with Jesus H. Christ and a butch named Mars; in charge of two children; writing stories that shrink painfully to poems without her permission; and incapable of figuring out how she landed in any of these predicaments. She is, by turns, a little saint, a Stepford wife, a bi-mom, and a femme with super powers. Her transformation—from near-nun to full-fledged sexual being, accidentally becoming conscious in the process and delighting in the spree—is the story of a life set on “play” and a woman heroically committed to seeing it through.
“The journey toward authenticity, toward becoming whole is made palpable in Maureen Seaton’s Sex Talks to Girls: A Memoir. It shines its considerable light on the passage from religion toward faith, from self-medication to sobriety, from daughterhood to motherhood, from being the disembodied ‘good girl’ to embracing her own bad lesbian self. In crisp chapters, Seaton leads
us, step-by-step, over this harrowing and blissful road, so distinct from yet so much like our own.”—Terry Wolverton, author of Insurgent Muse: Life and Art at the Woman’s Building
Maureen Seaton is the author of six poetry collections, including Cave of the Yellow Volkswagen and Furious Cooking. She is the recipient of the Lambda Award, the Audre Lorde Award, the Iowa Prize for Poetry, an NEA fellowship, and the Pushcart Prize. She is associate professor of English at the University of Miami, where she teaches poetry and literary collage.
Upcoming Readings and Signings for Sex Talks To Girls:
Friday, November 7, 2008, 7 p.m.
411 N Fourth Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85705
Friday, November 14, 2008, TBA
Women and Children First
5233 N Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60640
Sunday, November 16, 2008, 2 p.m.
A Room of One's Own
307 W. Johnson St.
Madison, WI 53703
Thursday, February 5, 2009, 8, p.m.
Books and Books
265 Aragon Ave
Coral Gables, FL 33134
Tuesday, January 13, 2009, 7 p.m.
172 Allen Street
New York, NY 10002
For individual orders, contact your local bookseller, visit this book’s page, www.wisc.edu/wisconsinpress/