Girls Gone Old

Fiona Helmsley

Leonora Come Down Cover.
Trade Paperback
200 pp
ISBN: 978-0996421850
Price: 15.95 American
August 2017

About Girls Gone Old

“That ‘no means no’ when it comes to sex has entered into mainstream thought as a concept; hopefully in a much more effective way than the last big no-should-be-enough campaign. That one just led to a lot of kids seeing Nancy Reagan's face in their weed the first time they smoked pot. But what about the smaller nos in the lives of`women, and the consequences to us when we demur?”

2016 was a pivotal year for Fiona Helmsley, and on the eve of her 40th birthday, an old friend questioned the subject matter of her writing: why, so often, did Fiona reflect back on the questionable choices she made when she was younger. Wasn't 40 a good age to grow up and move on to more mature subject matter?

A few months after her friend's question, a much more monumental and catastrophic event occurred, making the decade of Fiona’s youth come careening back at everyone: professional ignoramus Donald J. Trump was elected president; the ‘80s, the decade Fiona had grown up in, had ascended to the Oval Office, big time.

In Girls Gone Old Fiona Helmsley doesn't answer her friend’s question so much as she subverts it. With new essays about the confluence of late 20th century television, art, and sexual fantasy; addiction and illness; school shootings and serial killers; family; Andy Warhol, Mork & Mindy; and the sleazy (yet sexy) misogyny of Axl Rose, Girls Gone Old rebukes the notion of the self as a lesser muse.

Fiona Helmsley

About Fiona Helmsley

Fiona Helmsley's writing can be found online at websites like The Rumpus, Jezebel, The Weeklings, The Hairpin, PANK and in various anthologies like Ladyland and The Best Sex Writing of the Year. A multiple Pushcart nominee, her book of essays and stories, My Body Would be the Kindest of Strangers was released in 2015. She is an MFA candidate at L’École de Merde.