By Lynda Hall
Telling Moments collects modern brief tales through a various staff of twenty-four lesbian writers. attractive subject matters of existence and demise, getting older, motherhood, race, love, paintings, and shuttle, the writers supply short glimpses into lesbian lives.
The tales are through recognized modern writersGloria Anzaldúa, Mary Cappello, Emma Donoghue, Jewelle Gomez, Karla Jay, Anna Livia, Valerie Miner, Lesléa Newman, Minnie Bruce Pratt, Ruthann Robson, Sarah Schulman, and Jess Wellsand fascinating more recent voices, reminiscent of Donna Allegra and Marion Douglas. There also are tales from functionality artists Carmelita Tropicana, Peggy Shaw, and Maya Chowdhry. Anna Livia’s protagonist appreciates her mother’s crafty backyard production. Ruthann Robson tells of a survivor of the well-being care method. In Marion Douglas’s tale dances with an captivating classmate. Donna Allegra’s robust development employee copes with the dying of her mom. And Karla Jay units her personality forth to swim with sharks. many of the tales are observed by means of an writer photograph, biographical cartoon, anda most important featurea remark from the writer on her writing approach and the autobiographical nature of her tale, illustrating the reality in the back of the fiction.
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Although there was something similar to contemplate, a related phenomenon from the periodic table of human states. Shame. Driving Maddy home from school today she’d thought the word, analyzed the condition. Concluded that whether you’d had a lot or a little, shame was always available, living like a little animal self in the back of the head and neck, occupying the parts of yourself you couldn’t see. It was always prepared to stick its nose out and sniff the air, tell you something smelled bad.
At least when we were at the Baroness’s mansion near Sarlat, I was surrounded by people who spoke French, a language I was ﬂuent in. What was I going to do on an island populated with heterosexual German and Austrian tourists, who weren’t going to like me as a Jew or a lesbian? Even naked, the Baroness carried herself as if she were dressed in the best Chanel had to offer. The other guests weren’t going to mess with her or dare to laugh. ” If they did, she would dismiss them with her ﬂuent German; then she would drive them from the beach as her ancestors had thrust the Huguenots from France.
In my bedroom it was a humid mist on our skin. But the powerful fear of rejection thrust us each into the third person. “If someone wanted to try kissing another girl . . ,” Gail began because she was always more self-assured than I was. ” I’d responded, sounding almost noncommittal, trying to conceal the excitement that was coursing through me. “Or doing it with her,” she went on. ” I had agreed, not sure what “doing it” entailed speciﬁcally, but sure I wanted to. ” With that contract we moved into each other’s arms for the ﬁrst time.
Telling Moments: Autobiographical Lesbian Short Stories by Lynda Hall