Maidenhead shortlisted for The Believer Book Award!
The shortlist appears in March/April 2013 issue of The Believer, on newsstands now, and on the Believer website. Here's the editors' citation:
In the very original Maidenhead, what is painful, exciting, and sexy for the protagonist becomes what is painful, exciting, and sexy for the reader. It's hard to step completely back from Myra, the book's teenage protagonist, who is at once ridiculous and powerful. Her sexual awakening begins on a beach during a family vacation in Key West, and it throws her down a rabbit hole of new meanings (about race, politics, philosophy, and womanhood). Berger handles it all with great sensitivity, and without prudery or fear.
Our hearty congratulations to Tamara Faith Berger!
The other shortlisted books are I'm Trying to Reach You, by Barbara Browning; My Struggle (Book One) by Karl Ove Knausgaard; Parsifal, by Jim Krusoe; and A Naked Singularity, by Sergio de la Pava. The winner will be announced in the next issue.