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The Scarlet Letter Society by Mary T. McCarthy

May 6, 2015

scarlet letterMaggie, Eva, and Lisa founded The Scarlet Letter Society, a club that gives them a safe space to share the tales of their infidelities. The three women meet once a month at a local bookstore to discuss a new example of literary adultery and rehash their own romantic exploits: one of Maggie’s three lovers is her first husband, Eva’s cheating with a French chef and her intern, and Lisa daydreams about a hot graphic designer to escape her husband’s foot fetish.

Together, these three women refuse Hester Prynne’s scarlet A. Instead, they confide in one another as they navigate the path towards sexual and emotional fulfillment. A hilariously insightful novel, The Scarlet Letter Society offers a feisty alternative to traditional stories of forbidden love.

Currently Senior Editor at Splice Today, Mary McCarthy’s 20-year writing career includes the Washington Post, Philadelphia Inquirer, Baltimore Sun, editorial positions at several regional magazines (Chesapeake Family, What’s Up Eastern Shore) and a newspaper humor column “Quite Contrary” (Frederick Gazette, Centreville Record-Observer). She blogged for Katie Couric, appeared on The Today ShowHuffington Post Live and ABC TV News’ Moms Get Real with JuJu Chang. She speaks at national and regional conferences and is an instructor at The Writer’s Center in Washington, D.C.

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For a list of The Scarlet Letter Society tour events, click here.


Praise for The Scarlet Letter Society:


“Hilarious, scathing and seductive.”

  • Kyra Davis, New York Times bestselling author of Just One Night

“I really was genuinely blown away by this breathtaking book. The author cleverly references classic tomes which deal with the concept of faithfulness…Fantastically written, beautifully plotted with warm, feisty and inspiring characters, this is definitely one to recommend to a friend.”

  • Chick Lit Club

“It feels like Pop Rocks going off in the pleasure center of your brain.”

  • Splice Today

“If you’re looking for a fast read with a healthy dose of zip-less, snap-less, button-less, Velcro-less sexcapades, all delivered with brazen, bawdy brio, then pick up (or download) Mary McCarthy’s The Scarlet Letter Society.”

  • HereWeAreGoing

The Scarlet Letter Society can be found at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and your local indie bookstore.

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