Third Place: Quality Paperback Fiction (30th Annual New York Book Show)
“Yellow topstain!!! A restrained package with quiet surprises: a full-bleed opening page and full-bleed closing author photo.” –New York Book Show judges
Lolito is an unconventional love story about a fifteen-year-old boy who finds solace in the arms of a middle-aged woman on the Internet.
Fifteen-year-old Etgar Allison is spending spring break alone in an empty house, when he inadvertently learns that his girlfriend has cheated on him with another boy. Heartbroken and lonely, without parental supervision, he turns to alcohol. Unable to cope with his grief, he looks to the Internet for comfort and lands in an adult chatroom. There he meets Macy, a bored but attractive housewife; flirtatious IMs escalate into cybersex chats and soon Etgar is raiding his savings account for a romantic rendezvous in London...What could possibly go wrong?