Publisher: SheBooks (January 2, 2014)

Pages: 46


Set against the backdrop of suburban New York in the early 1980s, “The Sweetest Sex I Never Had” and “Bruce Springsteen and the Story of Us” tell the stories of a good girl gone raw and the two “bad” boys she turned to for escape.


Of all the books I’ve written, this short ebook might actually be my favorite. It bundles together two long-ish essays I wrote years back, one (“Bruce Springsteen and the Story of Us”) that was started when I was still in graduate school, and another written as an original piece for the anthology Behind the Bedroom Door (2008). They both tell the stories of boys I loved during my teenage years, and I think of this ebook as the prequel to Motherless Daughters: two tales of a girl looking for love in the midst of a mother’s illness and the aftermath of her death.

I grew up in the suburbs of New York in the late 1970s and early 1980s, an era of big hair, loud music, and fast cars. I carry with me a deep fondness for that time—well, maybe not so much for the hair—and also for the girl I was back then and the boys to whom I gave my heart. Reviewers are tempted to call these coming-of-age stories of a Good Girl attracted to Bad Boys, but that’s too easy a description. The real story was never that simple. We were all good kids, all trying to find our ways, some of us more confused than others. Music helped us through some very tough times. I hope that comes through in the stories.

This ebook is published by a new company called Shebooks, which publishes high-quality fiction and non-fiction by women in ebook format. The company specialize in works that can be read in one long sitting, too long to be an article but too short to be a book. It’s a brilliant idea, and I was so pleased to be one of the very first authors Shebooks published.

Also, they gave me my very favorite cover of all time.