Over seven decades, Ada is witness to the racism laced through her Southern city, the paradox of religion as both comfort and torment, and the survival networks created by gay people. Eleven interconnected stories cover the sweep of one woman's personal history as she reaches her own form of Southern womanhood – compassionate, resilient, principled, and lesbian.
Paula Martinac is the author of four published novels and a collection of short stories. Her debut novel Out of Time won the 1990 Lambda Literary Award for Fiction. She has published three nonfiction books on lesbian and gay culture and politics as well as numerous articles, essays, and short stories. Also a playwright, her works have had productions with Pittsburgh Playwrights Theater Company, Manhattan Theatre Source, the Pittsburgh New Works Festival, No Name Players, and others. She teaches creative writing at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
I'm pretty horrible at remembering history...or anything for that matter. And it's even harder to remember the little things so reading this book helped shed more light on our (American) history for me. Ada and Cam felt like real people to me. So everything they did and went through made me feel like I was there.
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