Tender Was My Flesh
Tender Was My Flesh by Winifred Drake
First published 1955 (1968 edition), paperback
Tender Was My Flesh is the coming of age story about a girl, Susan Holiday, who lives in a cold and rural place, surviving the harsh winters with help from the fire that burns in her loins. Susan feeds this fire, first with the family dog, later with men, and finally her desires take her to the big city after high school, where she finds work as a dancer.
Drugs, sex, jealousy, violence and finally love follow, in a story that broke ground, even for Olympia. (Olympia Press)