Parnassus Books welcomes Ginger Manley as she signs Proud Flesh: Sex, God, and the Redemptive Power of Flat Food Dancing.
When California-based celebrity sex therapist Dr. Carroll Murphy boards a plane from D.C. to Los Angeles via Nashville in 1998, she has no idea how her life is about to change. Seated between Trixie and Peggy, middle-aged Nashville cousins who are returning home from a family wedding, Carroll endures two-hours of non-stop chatting about the wedding and about the founding the previous night of the Music City Trollops Sisterhood and A-List Book Club, whose motto is "We may be easy but we are never cheap."
In Carroll's non-stop life of sitting in the therapist chair, writing best-selling books, lecturing to graduate students, and guesting on Oprah and other shows, she has no time for foolishness, friends, family, or dancing, all of which occupy the lives of her seatmates. Much as she tries to avoid being drawn in to their circle, she is blind-sided by her own family baggage which culminates in a meltdown of epic proportions on Mothers' Day weekend.
Readers who came of age after the middle of the twentieth century will see themselves and their peers in every page of Proud Flesh: Sex, God, and the Redemptive Power of Flat Foot Dancing, Ginger Manley's debut novel. Manley, who lives in Franklin, has spent almost fifty years as a nurse practitioner and certified sex therapist. Since her retirement from practice in 2006 she has published three other books--Gotcha Covered: A Legacy of Caring and Protection, Assisted Loving: The Journey through Sexuality and Aging, and Disarmed: An Exceptional Journey.