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Emma Rathbone is the author of the novel The Patterns of Paper Monsters. She is the recipient of a Christopher Isherwood Grant in Fiction, and her work can also be seen in the Virginia Quarterly Review and on newyorker.com. A graduate of the University of Virginia Creative Writing Program, Rathbone lives in Charlottesville, Virginia.
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October 2016 Debut of the Month. An edgy, refreshing, and quirky read, one that slides into, then excites and challenges your consciousness. There’s something about 26 year old Julia Greenfield, something that consumes her, makes her view the world in a different way, can she take control of and start to live her life to the full? Julia tells her tale with frank provocative honesty, her observations are astute, yet there is an almost dreamlike quality at times. Emma Rathbone has created a fascinating character in Julia, I changed my mind about her as I got to know her, I winced, I gasped, I smiled, and by the end I had grown to love her. With beautiful descriptive detailing, subtle compassion, and piercing intensity, ’Losing It’ is a stimulating and rather wonderful read. ~ Liz Robinson
Twenty-six year old Julia Greenfield has long suspected that everyone is having fun without her. It's not that she's unhappy, per se. It's just that she's not exactly happy either. She hasn't done anything spontaneous since about 2003. Shouldn't she be running a start up? Or going backpacking? Or exploring uncharted erogenous zones with inappropriate men?Trapped between news of her mother's latent sexual awakening and her spinster aunt's odd behaviour - Julia has finally snapped. It's time to take some risks, and get a life.After all - what has she got to lose?
"e;Wise and witty...Losing Itiscringingly insightful about sex and dating and all the ways we tie ourselves into knots over both."e; --The New York Times Book ReviewA hilarious novel that Maggie Shipstead calls "e;charming... witty and insightful,"e; about a woman who still has her virginity at the age of twenty-six, and the summer she's determined to lose itand find herself.Julia Greenfield has a problem: she's twenty-six years old and she's still a virgin. Sex ought to be easy. People have it all the time! But, without meaning to, she made it through college and into adulthood with her virginity intact. Something's got to change.To re-route herself from her stalled life, Julia travels to spend the summer with her mysterious aunt Vivienne in North Carolina. It's not long, however, before she unearths a confounding secrether 58 year old aunt is a virgin too. In the unrelenting heat of the southern summer, Julia becomes fixated on puzzling out what could have lead to Viv's appalling condition, all while trying to avoid the same fate.For readers of Rainbow Rowell and Maria Semple, and filled with offbeat characters and subtle, wry humor,Losing Itis about the primal fear that you just. might. never. meet. anyone. It's about desiring something with the kind of obsessive fervor that almost guarantees you won't get it. It's about the blurry lines between sex and love, and trying to figure out which one you're going for. And it's about the decisionsand non-decisionswe make that can end up shaping a life.