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Being Lolita: A Memoir

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Being Lolita: A Memoir

A dark romance evolves between a high schooler and her English teacher in this breathtakingly powerful memoir about a young woman who must learn to rewrite her own story.

“Have you ever read LOLITA?”

So begins 17-year-old Alisson’s metamorphosis from student to lover and then victim. A lonely and vulnerable high school senior, Alisson finds solace only in her writing --- and in a young, charismatic English teacher, Mr. North.

Mr. North gives Alisson a copy of LOLITA to read, telling her it is a beautiful story about love. The book soon becomes the backdrop to a connection that blooms from a simple crush into a forbidden romance. But as Mr. North’s hold on her tightens, Alisson is forced to evaluate how much of their narrative is actually a disturbing fiction.

In the wake of what becomes a deeply abusive relationship, Alisson is faced again and again with the story of her past, from rereading LOLITA in college to working with teenage girls to becoming a professor of creative writing. It is only with that distance and perspective that she understands the ultimate power language has had on her --- and how to harness that power to tell her own true story.

BEING LOLITA is a stunning coming-of-age memoir that shines a bright light on our shifting perceptions of consent, vulnerability and power. This is the story of what happens when a young woman realizes her entire narrative must be rewritten --- and then takes back the pen to rewrite it.

Being Lolita: A Memoir
by Alisson Wood

  • Publication Date: August 4, 2020
  • Genres: Memoir, Nonfiction
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Flatiron Books
  • ISBN-10: 1250217210
  • ISBN-13: 9781250217219