Set on a college campus against the backdrop of the Clinton scandal, My Last Innocent Year is the story of a young woman on the brink of a sexual and artistic awakening.
It’s 1998, and Isabel Rosen has fled New York’s Lower East Side for the cloistered New England gentility of Wilder College. Behind Wilder’s ivy-covered walls, she becomes friend and lover, victim and vanquisher. Now in her senior year, Isabel is accused of “crying rape” after a nonconsensual sexual encounter with one of the only other Jewish students on campus. As the tectonic plates of adulthood shift beneath her, she turns for solace to her married writing professor, a once-famous poet whose belief in Isabel ignites a belief in herself. When she discovers he may be concealing the truth about a terrible crime, Isabel must decide whether she has the courage to speak up again and where her true allegiance lies.
A coming-of-age story set against the backdrop of the Clinton scandal and the rise of third wave feminism, MY LAST INNOCENT YEAR is a story of deep and complicated friendships, sexual and artistic awakening and the transactional nature of love. It captures a girl standing on the precipice of adulthood, navigating her way toward independence while recognizing the power, beauty and grit of where she came from.