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Sex Talks to Girls
A Memoir

Living Out: Gay and Lesbian Autobiographies
David Bergman, Joan Larkin, and Raphael Kadushin, Founding Editors

Maureen Seaton traces the emergence of her identity in quick, droll, often surprising sketches. She finds herself alternately in the company of winos, swingers, and drag kings; in love with Jesus H. Christ and a butch named Mars; in charge of two children (her own!); writing stories that shrink painfully to poems; and unable to reckon how she landed in any of these predicaments. In her passage from near-nun to suburban mom to woke woman, she shakes herself out of a sloshed stupor and delights in the spree.


Author. Photo credit, NameMaureen Seaton is an award-winning poet whose nineteen solo and collaborative collections include Fibonacci Batman, Furious Cooking, Venus Examines Her Breast, Caprice (with Denise Duhamel), Stealth (with Samuel Ace), Sinéad O'Connor and Her Coat of a Thousand Bluebirds (with Neil de la Flor), and Two Thieves and a Liar (with Neil de la Flor and Kristine Snodgrass). She is a professor of English at the University of Miami, where she teaches creative writing.


“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

“What can I say? I loved this book! From the first sentence, Sex Talks to Girls caught me, held me—often torn between laughter and tears—in the bold, brave palm of its generous hand. A fierce, fresh, funhouse ride through the mirrored maze that constitutes one woman's coming of age—and into her own full powers.”
—A. Manette Ansay, author of Limbo and Vinegar Hill

“Sex Talks to Girls presents us with a recognizable life; not the one with a happy ending but the one lived one day at a time. Seaton fills her pages with pathos and humor.”
—Elena Georgiou, author of Mercy, Mercy Me


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New in Paperback!
June 2018
LC: 2008011971 PS
216 pp. 6 x 9

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ISBN 978-0-299-22884-2
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