Nicole Hardy's memoir, Confessions of a Latter-day Virgin, was inspired by her essay "Single, Female, Mormon, Alone”, first published in The New York Times and chosen as "notable" in 2012's Best American Essays. In this book, Nicole explores how she came, at the age of thirty-five, to a crossroads between her faith and her identity.
During her childhood and throughout her twenties, Nicole held absolute conviction in her Mormon faith. 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 prescribed roles of homemaker, wife, and mother.
Confessions of a Latter-day Virgin chronicles the extraordinary lengths Nicole went to in an attempt to reconcile her human needs with her spiritual life—flying across the country for dates with Mormon men, taking up salsa dancing as a source for physical contact, even moving to the island of Grand Cayman, where the ocean and scuba diving provided some solace. But neither secular pursuits nor church 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.
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"Endearing, liberating, and exquisitely written, “Confessions of a Latter-Day Virgin” grabs you by the heart and doesn’t let go. I loved this book.” —Daniel Jones, Modern Love editor, The New York Times
“captivating…candid and insightful.” --Publisher's Weekly
"In this achingly candid memoir . . . Hardy’s confessional tone is engaging, and her story is moving." --Booklist
"a searching, sensual celebration of one woman’s struggle for identity and autonomy." --Kirkus Reviews