Tasting Life Twice: Literary Lesbian Fiction by New American Writers

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Versed in sexual politics and fluent in the language of alienation, these 25 short works chart new territories without the maps or compasses of social convention. This bravura collection showcases the fierce power and startling diversity of contemporary lesbian writing. Includes early work by acclaimed emerging talents such as Cheryl Strayed, Stephanie Grant, and Mei Ng, as well as stunning pieces by Carole Maso, Mary Gaitskill, Ana Castillo, Rebecca Brown, and others.

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E.J. Levy's essays have won a Pushcart Prize and appeared in Best American Essays, The Nation, Orion, The New York Times, Kenyon Review, Missouri Review, and The Touchstone Anthology of Contemporary Nonfiction, among other fine publications. Her anthology, Tasting Life Twice: Literary Lesbian Fiction by New American Writers, won the Lambda Literary Award. Her first collection of stories, Love, In Theory, received the 2011 Flannery O'Connor Prize and is forthcoming in 2012. She was educated at Yale and Ohio State University and currently lives in Washington, DC.

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Editor Levy's weighty compilation of 24 contemporary lesbian stories ranges widely in issues and concerns addressed. Stephanie Grant's "Posting Up" presents a teenage basketball player in a Catholic girl's school and skillfully interweaves themes of developing sexual identity and racial and ethnic diversity during the time when segregated Boston was reeling from court-ordered busing to desegregate public schools. Ana Castillo's "Loverboys" offers a lesbian in the throes of brokenhearted torment after being left by the first man in her romantic life in a very long time. "Tiny Smiling Daddy" by Mary Gaitskill is told from the father's point of view and stunningly renders the pain and long-term suffering that both generations endure when a parent rejects a child's sexual identity. These and outstanding stories by Mei Ng, E. J. Graff, and Lee Ann Mortenson, as well as an excerpt from Carol Anshaw's extraordinary novel, Aquamarine (1992), especially make the anthology welcome. Whitney Scott

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