In 1962, David Carkeet's drowsy hometown of Sonora, California, snapped awake at the news that it had inspired a smutty potboiler titled ""Campus Sexpot"". Carkeet, at the time a hormone-saturated high school sophomore, uproariously recaptures his stunned reaction to the novel's sleazy take on his hometown, evoking the urgently hushed atmosphere in which the book circulated among friends and neighbors. A wry look at middle-class sexual mores and a witty appreciation of the art of the hack novel, Carkeet's memoir is, above all, a poignant coming-of-age story sure to revive our own bittersweet teenage memories.
David Carkeet's five novels include three New York Times Notable Books: Double Negative, The Full Catastrophe, and The Error of Our Ways. His short stories and essays have appeared in the Oxford American, New York Times Magazine, and Village Voice. He resides in Vermont.