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Memoirs of an Ex-Prom Queen

This million-copy bestseller, called "the first important novel to emerge from the women's liberation movement," takes a wry, sardonic look at the double-binds of growing up female and sexy in white middle-class pre-feminist America. Today it  can be read as a precursor of #MeToo, dramatizing every sort of sexual harassment and assault. Almost continuously in print, on its 35th anniversary this debut novel was pubished as a "feminist classic" by FSG, and on its 40th anniversary as an ebook.


Renewed rage against the patriarchy has suddenly brought the novel a new young readership. Published in June 2019 in the UK  by Serpent's Tail, to stellar reviews (below), it will be reissued by FSG/Picador in the US with a new author introduction in October 2019. Amazon is taking pre-orders.




Reviews from UK edition, 2019:


Daily Mail - "This dazzling 1972 novel blazes with fury at women's lot from the Forties onwards … Shulman's gripping account of the female experience in a man's world is hilarious, shudder-making and inspirational."


RED Magazine – "Funny, frank and full of righteous rage, Memoirs Of An Ex Prom Queen will make you laugh and want to smash the patriarchy."

The i Paper Summer Books – "... a hugely likeable heroine and a voice that still resonates down the years."


From reviews of earlier editions:


“A crackling, tough-minded, ironically funny novel. . . . I daresay that not a woman reader will be really shocked and that the average man's hair, regardless of length, will automatically stand on end from page to page.”  —Cleveland Plain Dealer


"One of the more fun (explicitly) feminist novels ever written."  —Jezebel

“Told with astringent wit... a challenging and bitter brew of a novel.”  

—San Francisco Chronicle

“Extremely relevant--I loved it! ... I only wish I'd found Alix Shulman's classic earlier.”
—Sophie Pollitt-Cohen, co-author of The Notebook Girls

“An extaordinary novel . . . sad and witty, expertly conceived and executed . . . important.”  —Newsweek

“A vicious little gem of a novel.”  —Cosmopolitan

“Men may curse, they may howl . . . yet men owe it to themselves to see themselves plain, as their wives and girlfriends perceive them, by approaching Memoirs of an Ex-Prom Queen as a splendid looking glass-above all, an honest one. . . . With a keen ear for speech patterns and a peeled eye for the nuances of emotion, Ms. Shulman is very comic indeed.” —Los Angeles Times