Linda’s Book Obsession Reviews “The Virgin Chronicles, A Memoir” by Marina DelVecchio, She Writes Press, April 2022. On Tour with Suzy Approved Book Tours
Marina DelVecchio, the author of “The Virgin Chronicles” has written a thought-provoking and heart-felt memoir. The author writes about “Kathy” and her coming of age experiences with an adoptive mother and their toxic relationship. The adoptive mother constantly has derogatory comments and puts Kathy down. Kathy is an excellent student, and works double jobs to pay for her tuition, and rent in the mother’s home. Although the adoptive mother calls her a “putana” “whore”, and is convinced that Kathy is a liar and on drugs and alcohol, Kathy fears leaving the home and stays there.
Kathy goes on many dates, but has made up her mind that she will not be promiscuous and will remain a virgin, until she finds the time is right for her. The author discusses how young women are sexually exploited and harassed in school and the work environment. For example when Kathy is working, she is told to dress a certain way that is more enticing to certain men. Or when the boss drops a pencil on the floor and asks her to pick it up.
I appreciate that the author describes the hardships and society’s impressions of young women. This is a well written and memorable memoir that I highly recommend.