When Nicole Hardy's eye-opening "Modern Love" column appeared in the New York Times, the response from readers was overwhelming. Hardy's essay, which exposed the conflict between being true to herself as a woman and remaining true to her Mormon faith, struck a chord with women coast-to-coast.
Now in her funny, intimate, and thoughtful memoir, Nicole Hardy explores how she came, at the age of thirty-five, to a crossroads regarding her faith and her identity. As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Nicole had held absolute conviction in her Mormon faith during her childhood and throughout her twenties. But as she aged out of the Church's "singles ward" and entered her thirties, she struggled to merge the life she envisioned for herself with the one the Church prescribed, wherein all women are called to be mothers and the role of homemaker is the emphatic ideal.
Confessions of a Latter-day Virgin chronicles the extraordinary lengths Nicole went to in an attempt to reconcile her human needs with her spiritual lifeflying across the country for dates with LDS men, taking up salsa dancing as a source for physical contact, even moving to Grand Cayman, where the ocean and scuba diving provided some solace. But neither secular pursuits nor LDS guidance could help Nicole prepare for the dilemma she would eventually face: a crisis of faith that caused her to question everything she'd grown up believing.
In the tradition of the memoirs Devotion and Mennonite in a Little Black Dress, Confessions of a Latter-day Virgin is a mesmerizing and wholly relatable account of one woman's hard-won mission to find love, acceptance, and happinesson her own terms.
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About the Author
Nicole Hardy is a poet and essayist who lives in Seattle and works as a waitress and teacher. She is the author of two poetry collections published by Main Street Rag: Mud Flap Girl's XX Guide to Facial Profiling, which was a finalist in MSR's 2006 chapbook contest, and This Blonde, a full-length collection published in 2009. She earned her MFA at the Bennington College Writing Seminars, and was nominated for a 2007 Pushcart Prize.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
It's been two weeks since I finished this story and it has stayed with me in every possible delicious way. I find myself thinking of a moment or story from time to time and almost wanting to know even more than Nicole already so charismatically and vulnerably shared. I'm also telling everyone I know with a pulse to get this. You don't even have to read it! I bought the book and then realized I had a two-day road trip coming up so I purchased the audio book as well and basically had the best two day road trip I've ever had. We were mesmerized by the story, the guts, the way Nicole pulled us so deeply into her struggle in a beautiful, artfully funny and heartbreaking way. I feel blessed to have heard the story in her own voice as well, the resonance added to the journey is exquisite. This book, the author, her words and story have touched me in a myriad of ways and I can't wait for the movie and I can't wait for more from Nicole!
"I like to get people laughing, and then punch them in the stomach." It's not as sadistic as it sounds, but Hardy's not foolin'; She will get you laughing, then punch you in the stomach. The thing is, you keep coming back for more because Nicole Hardy is a fantastic storyteller. With a carefully-crafted balance of wit and guts, she relates her experience in a way that is clever and charming, yet aches with stark vulnerability. Exquisitely written, and a joy to read -- Sucker punches and all.
Interesting, thought provoking memoir. There are so many people that I think need and should read this book. It helps you realize that you are not alone in your struggles others are going through the same thing the subject matter may just be a little different. This is a memoir of one woman's coming of age when her age is her downfall It also helps you realize that sidelong comments may NOT always be as helpful as you think. Oh and keep the tissues close.