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Title:
Memoirs of an ex-prom queen : a novel
ISBN:
9780374538927
Physical Description:
xvi, 274 pages ; 21 cm.
General Note:
"Originally published in 1972 by Alfred A. Knopf, Inc."--Title page verso.
Summary:
Sasha Davis has everything a girl in 1950s suburbia could want: beauty, intelligence and an all-star sports captain boyfriend. All she needs to succeed is to keep her skin clear and her intelligence hidden under her Prom Queen tiara. But when she drops out of college to marry, Sasha soon realizes her life has become a fearful countdown to her thirtieth birthday - the year when her beauty will have faded, and life as she knows it will end. As Sasha rebels against her fate, she finds herself experiencing an intellectual and sexual awakening that might be her only chance of outrunning the aging process. First published in 1972, Alix Kates Shulman's landmark novel follows Sasha's coming of age through the sexual double standards, job discrimination and harassment of the 1950s and 60s. Five decades later, it remains a funny and heartbreaking story of a young woman in a man's world. --
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Alix Kates Shulman's Memoirs of an Ex-Prom Queen created a profound impact on the cultural landscape when it was originally published in 1972. A sardonic portrayal of one white, middle-class, Midwestern girl's coming-of-age, the novel takes a wry and prescient look at a range of experiences treated at the time as taboo but which were ultimately accepted as matters of major political significance: sexual harassment, job discrimination, the sexual double standard, rape, abortion restrictions, the double binds of marriage and motherhood, andthe frantic quest for beauty.

The book went on to sell more than a million copies and is regarded today as a classic, one of the first and best pieces of fiction born of the women's liberation movement. With many of its concerns still with us today, this witty and devastating novel continues to resonate with readers, and Sasha Davis has proved herself a prom queen for the ages.


Author Notes

Alix Shulman is the author of four other novels, three memoirs including the award-winning Drinking the Rain , two books on the anarchist Emma Goldman, an essay collection, and three children's books.


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