Three and a Half Virgins

A Novel by

John Blumenthal

If you’re a woman, how would you react if the man who broke your heart twenty years ago suddenly showed up on your doorstep to apologize? And if you happen to be that man, what would motivate you to do something that bold and unpredictable, and what would you expect to happen? And will sexual sparks be re-ignited after twenty years?

It all begins when our hapless hero’s wife leaves him for the guy up the block. After a mostly unsuccessful foray into the world of Internet dating, he finds himself revisiting his past. Engulfed by nostalgia, and sexual fantasies, he's suddenly gripped by pleasant memories of three old flames -- Laura, Samantha and Molly -- all of whom happened to have been virgins when he met them twenty years before.

But the warm refuge of the past soon gives way to icy reality when 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.


"...falls somewhere between "American Pie," "Crazy, Stupid Love" and "The Forty Year-Old Virgin." A true pleasure to read." --  Daniel Boucher, The NovelBlog

"Written in such a fresh style that you practically expect the typeface to rub off on 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

"Reminded me of the cult classic High Fidelity by Nick Hornby -- The Book Nook Club

"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

"If you mine this brilliantly written story down to its core, you'll find a message on the value of repentance and forgiveness in our shared world." Roger Wright -- Fictionique

"A delightful tale about a man's personal journey to understand his past. Highly recommended." -- Great Minds Think Aloud Book Club



                             Published by Farmer Street Press


Read John's blogs on The Huffington Post


Finalist, 2013 International Book Awards.

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