This promises to be a banner week for lesbian lit! Two excellent authors are releasing books on Tuesday:
Why Be Happy When You Could be Normal? by Jeanette Winterson. Here’s a sampling of some of the incredible praise this memoir has garnered already. If you haven’t read her novels, I’d read Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit first but, hey, why not just leap in front of this “bullet of a book?” (love that!)
“[Winterson’s] novels—mongrels of autobiography, myth, fantasy, and formal experimentation—evince a colossal stamina for self-scrutiny. . . . [A] proud and vivid portrait of working-class life . . . This bullet of a book is charged with risk, dark mirth, hard-won self-knowledge. . . . You’re in the hands of a master builder who has remixed the memoir into a work of terror and beauty.”—Bookforum
See her at McNally Jackson on March 22 at 7pm.
And a new novel, Carry the One by Carol Anshaw with some very fine praise, too:
“Here’s passion and addiction, guilt and damage, all the beautiful mess of family life. Carry the One will lift readers off their feet and bear them alongon its eloquent tide.” —Emma Donoghue, author of Room
“Reading this book, I felt like I was watching someone cross a tightrope with the same relaxed, assured stride they would use on solid ground. Anshaw is in such graceful command that her story about three gifted, wounded siblings almost doesn’t feel like fiction.”—Alison Bechdel, author of Fun Home
According to her blog looks like she’ll be at McNally Jackson on April 23.
Mark your calendars for both!
And, I’m looking forward to our next book for the reading group: