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Product Details

  • Paperback: 286 pages
  • Publisher: Farmer Street Press (December 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0967944414
  • ISBN-13: 978-0967944418
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,302,576 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2013 International Book Award Finalist for Literary Fiction.

"If you mine this brilliantly written story down to its core, you'll find a message on the value of repentance and forgiveness in our shared world." Roger Wright -- Fictionique

"Written in such a fresh style that you practically expect the typeface to rub off your fingers like wet ink. Blumenthal has a Woody Allen-like ear for dialogue." --The Kindle Book Review                                                            

"Blumenthal has a jaundiced eye and a wonderfully ironic style" -- L.A. Daily News

"Reminded me of the cult classic High Fidelity by Nick Hornby -- The Book Nook Club

"... a fun dive into one man's past... Very much recommended." -- The Midwest Book Review

"...falls somewhere between American Pie, Crazy, Stupid Love and The Forty Year-Old Virgin. A true pleasure to read" -- Daniel Boucher, The NovelBlog

"A delightful tale about a man's personal journey to understand his past. Highly recommended." -- Great Minds Think Aloud Book Club

"Blumenthal's bumbling main character has wit, and there are moments of definite charm in the dialogue." -- Publisher's Weekly

"With a nod to Denis Leary’s Bad Boy movie, Three and a Half Virgins is an amusing character study of a man looking back at his transgressions towards women." -- Harriet Klausner, Mainstream Fiction

About the Author

John Blumenthal is the author of "What's Wrong with Dorfman?" and "Millard Fillmore, Mon Amour,." both published by St. Martin's Press. He has also written for television and is the co-author of the movies "Blue Streak" and "Short Time". He currently contributes to The Huffington Post.

More About the Author

A former Playboy magazine editor and columnist, John Blumenthal is the author "The Official Hollywood Handbook", "The Tinseltown Murders", "The Case of the Hardboiled Dicks", "Hollywood High: The History of America's Most Famous Public School", and the novels "What's Wrong with Dorfman?," "Millard Fillmore, Mon Amour", (both BookSense76 Picks), "Three and a Half Virgins" (Finalist, International Book Awards for 2013, and coauthor of "Passing Wind of Love.".

His work has appeared in such publications as "TV Guide", "Punch", "Playboy", "Oui", "Today's Health", "The Los Angeles Times", "The Christian Science Monitor", "Autograph Collector", and "Publishers Weekly".

He has also written for television and is the co-author of the movies "Blue Streak" and "Short Time". His blog posts appear regularly on Huffington Post.

His latest book is "Passing Wind of Love" (co-written with Barry Golson.) passingwindoflove.com


Customer Reviews

I could not stop reading this book once I started!
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This was great escapism, funny and engaging; I thought it was well done.
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It has poignancy, plus perfect characters, and a great set up.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 14, 2012
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I didn't know what to expect as I read this book on a train trip from New Haven, Connecticut to Baltimore, Maryland. Perhaps that I was on a journey myself, only enhanced the trip I took with John Blumenthal's protagonist Jimmy Hendricks, "a recovering idiot." I'm not sure I'd have the humility to go back and visit the three women I scorned as a callow youth. Yes, it helps to take a college football lineman turned rabbi along for protection, but I still wouldn't make the trip if my wife had just dumped me.

I found the writing compelling, entertaining and a great story. You really can't put the book down. Each encounter with the virgin is an interesting trip down memory lane with some surprises from the lady and for the recovering idiot. Each character is real, like someone I've known before or dated before; the dialogue crisp. Both men and women can enjoy this story. That is what makes it a great read.

Highly recommended.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Cranky Cuss on March 6, 2012
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John Blumenthal's "Three and a Half Virgins" is consistently hilarious. It's an engaging story of a guy attempting to atone for his mistakes with his past girlfriends. The main character felt like someone I knew (but not in the Biblical sense!). Of course, it won't replace "Moby Dick" in the canon, but Herman Melville never made me spit out my drink while reading in a coffee shop. (By the way, did you know that if you laugh out loud while sitting alone in a coffee shop, people will stare at you? Trust me on this.) My hope is that Mr. Blumenthal makes this the first in a series of novels involving lead characters named after rock stars. I look forward to his upcoming stories about Bob Dillon, John Lenin and Janice Joplin.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A.B. on May 15, 2012
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This was a fun read about midlife soul searching, trying to make amends for past misdeeds--and things not going quite as anticipated. John (full disclosure: we're slightly acquainted) did a terrific job creating characters and situations that will keep you chuckling for days. And, given his screenwriting background, I wouldn't be surprised if we see this in another year or two adapted to screen.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By James on February 1, 2012
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John Blumenthal is clearly stalking me. I read, Three and a Half Virgins and enjoyed every page. I read it from front to back. I laughed at the funny parts, too. But I couldn't help but notice that this book is almost entirely based on me.

You want proof? No problem. His protagonist was a jerk when he was in college. I was a jerk when I was in college. Is that just a coincidence? I doubt it. Jimmy Hendricks owns an electronics store - and I have electronic devices all over the house. Again, the story is just too close for comfort. Jimmy has ex-girlfriends who haunt his memories. Me too! He's got relationship issues that just won't quit. Hey, so do I.

All that leads me to believe that John's got a bug in my house, another in my head, and at least a casual pen pal relationship with my ex-wife. And to top it all off, at the end of the book he thanks Patricia A. Smith for her contribution to the cause. Holy smokes, my mother's name is Patricia A. Smith! (really)

Oh, what the heck. It's an excellent read. Even if it is loosely based on my own idiotic behavior, and my mom is feeding him stories, I have nothing but respect for the man who put this fanciful tale down on paper. And who knows, maybe the story isn't about me at all. If that's true, then Blumenthal's just a flat out genius.

Satisfied reader....out!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on August 23, 2012
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Three and a Half Virgins
John Blumenthal
Farmer Street Press, Dec 22 2011, $8.99
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ISBN: 9780967944418

As her husband turns forty with the middle age bulge beginning to show, Deirdre wishes her spouse Jimmy Hendricks ("No relation") a happy birthday by informing him she is divorcing him. Stunned as if he is trapped in a Purple Haze and feeling almost as alone as he felt when he and Deirdre were allegedly happy over the last few years, Jimmy recognizes that he is a recovering idiot. He muses about what could have been if he was not an idiot when he attended high school and college and dreams of a reunion with any or all of his ex-girlfriends.

He decides to visit them to ask them to forgive his stupid troglodyte behavior though he also hopes for a heated tryst or three too. His best friend Morris the Orthodox Jew accompanies Jimmy on his redemption tour. Jimmy starts with the minister's daughter Laura Beasley of Rimbaldi High School. Next up is Samantha Jane Conrad at Fryman College. Third at bat is Molly Martinez also at Fryman College. Then there was Christine while Molly was away at a family funeral.

With a nod to Denis Leary's Bad Boy movie, Three and a Half Virgins is an amusing character study of a man looking back at his transgressions towards women. Each female owns a chapter so that the audience knows how they felt about Jimmy during and after. Although the storyline is thin, readers will enjoy Jimmy Hendricks' forty years old idiot gig.

Harriet Klausner
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. D. Brawer on March 15, 2012
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Mr. Blumenthal takes mundane settings and simple first-person prose and leads us on one of the oldest quests in literature - the search for forgiveness. The hero is a small town electronics store owner whose life is shaken when his wife confesses an affair. On the advice of a friend, he decides to apologize to all the women in his past whom he treated badly. Along with his faithful Sancho Panza, a former college roommate turned overweight chassid, this suburban Don Quixote travels the country to make amends for his past and find a path for his future. Despite the treacherously emotional milieu, Mr. Blumenthal uses a light touch and sly wit to keep the story from becoming maudlin and throws in a nifty twist at the end. This is an immensely enjoyable read filled with fully-believable characters who make you laugh, cry, and cringe. Read it. You'll like it.
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