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“The erotic adventures of a sexually ravenous girl . . . A wisp of a book that has had a wallop of an impact . . . readers have simply devoured it.”The New York Times
100 Strokes of the Brush Before Bed
978-0-8021-1781-6 • $13.00 • Paperback • Oct. 2004
The best-selling erotic novel by a Sicilian teenager about a young girl’s search for love in a pornographic world“a scandal a la Catherine M.” (L’Espresso, Italy)
An instant blockbuster in Italy where it has sold over 850,000 copies and scandalized the nation, and it has gone onto become an international literary phenomenon, 100 Strokes of the Brush Before Bed is the fictionalized memoir of Melissa P., a Sicilian teenager whose quest for love rapidly devolves into a shocking journey of sexual discovery.
Melissa begins her diary a virgin, but a stormy affair at the age of fourteen leads her to regard sex as a means of self-discovery, and for the next two years she plunges into a succession of encounters with various partners, male and female, her age and much older, some met through schoolmates, others through newspaper ads and Internet chat rooms. In graphic detail she describes her entry into a Dante-esque underworld of eroticism, where she willingly participates in group sex and sadomasochism, as well as casual pickups. “I have no remorse. . . . It’s not much use debating whether it’s good or bad. If I had the chance, I’d do it all again.” Melissa P. in The Bookseller Melissa’s secret life is concealed from family and friends, revealed only in her diary entries.
Told with disarming candor, Melissa P.’s bittersweet tour of extreme desires is as poignant as it is titillating. One Hundred Strokes of the Brush Before Bed is a stunning erotic debut, a Story of O for our times.
“I discovered myself through sexthrough a specific kind of sex which was very different from the kind I engage in now, which is much more normal. . . . Every adolescent to some extent, and especially me, believes that life has to be lived to its fullest extent: all or nothing, black or white, life and death.” Melissa P., in The Bookseller
• Foreign rights sold in twenty-four countries
• Film rights sold to Francesca Neri, star of The Ages of Lulu and Live Flesh