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The problem was, it was the 1970s, so there were no answers yet.
Here, Lorka tells the story—by turns hilarious and poignant—of her romp through the first fifty years of her life searching for sex, love, acceptance, and answers to her questions. With a sharp wit, endearing innocence, and indelible sense of optimism, she struggles through the awkward years (spoiler: that’s all of them) and discovers that what she thought were mistakes are actually powerful tools to launch her into a magical—and ridiculous—life.
Oh, and she discovers that she can buy a penis at the store, too.
"Lorka's ability to balance life's harshness alongside its ridiculousness and to poke fun at herself make for a read that's never disingenuous or boring. . . . A delightful remembrance that's brimming with honesty and wit."
—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"Handsome is a breathtaking collection of essays that perfectly combines humor, poignancy, keen observation and sharp self-reflection. Holly Lorka has a gift of remembering and delivering memories of her youth as if she were still there in those moments. There is an immediacy to her stories that drops the reader directly into them, a fly-on-the-wall trip where we see up-close the travails and triumphs of a girl/young woman human slowly growing into her true self. Amidst the joy, pain, confusion and self-discovery contained in the pages we discover a deeply compassionate, boldly honest and often hilarious being who walks through the world eyes wide open and reports back on her adventures in love, life and death with astonishing clarity."
—Spike Gillespie, author of The Tao of Bob and Sit. Stay. Heal.
“Handsome made me laugh my ass off. It engaged my heart, my mind, and my vagina in the best of ways. Lorka’s storytelling is magic and she has finally blessed us with a book of her wonders.”
—Mo Daviau, author of Every Anxious Wave