I f you’re a woman, how would you react if the man who broke your heart twenty years ago tracked you down to apologize? And if you’re that man, what would motivate you to do something that bold and unpredictable, and what would you expect to happen? Would sparks be re-ignited?
It all begins when our hapless hero’s wife leaves him for the guy up the block. After a mostly unsuccessful attempt at Internet dating, he finds himself revisiting his reckless past. Engulfed by nostalgia, he’s suddenly gripped by pleasant memories and sexual fantasies of three old flames — Laura, Samantha and Molly — all of whom happened to have been virgins when he first met each of them twenty years before.
But the warm refuge of the past soon gives way to icy reality as he confronts the sobering details of how maliciously he tricked, seduced and broke each of their hearts. Overcome by remorse and tantalized by curiosity, he finds a way to reshape his past.
Which, if any of the virgins will our hero end up with after his quest? The answer will surprise you, as “Three and a Half Virgins” transports you back and forth through time, and ultimately suggests that the past is not necessarily prologue.
2013 International Book Award Finalist for Literary Fiction.
“With a nod to Denis Leary’s Bad Boy movie, Three and a Half Virgins is an amusing character study of a man looking back at his transgressions towards women.” — Harriet Klausner, Mainstream Fiction
“Blumenthal’s bumbling main character has wit, and there are moments of definite charm in the dialogue.” Publisher’s Weekly
“Written in such a fresh style that you practically expect the typeface to rub off your fingers like wet ink. Blumenthal has a Woody Allen-like ear for dialogue.” –The Kindle Book Review
“Blumenthal has a jaundiced eye and a wonderfully ironic style” — L.A. Daily News
…”a fun dive into one man’s past… Very much recommended.” — The Midwest Book Review”…falls somewhere between American Pie, Crazy, Stupid Love and The Forty Year-Old Virgin. A true pleasure to read — Daniel Boucher, The NovelBlog
“Reminded me of the cult classic High Fidelity by Nick Hornby — The Book Nook Club
“A delightful tale about a man’s personal journey to understand his past. Highly recommended.” — Great Minds Think Aloud Book Club
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