Early Embraces: True Life Stories of Women Describing Their First Lesbian Experience

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RSVP by Julia Willis

"Can you come to a fish fry?" you asked. Leaving me there in that windowed stairwell where we'd been talking, you rushed away to your next class after the final bell rang. I watched you below dart out of the building and down the sidewalk, stop, turn, look up, and catch me watching you. Then embarrassed from being caught, I waved, casually, friendly, you know -- but instead of going on your way, you dashed right back into the building and called up the stairwell to me. "Can you come to a fish fry?"

I thought you were joking. "A fish fry?" I laughed.

"We're having one at my house." That house you shared in town with three other women -- Susan, who would end up spending all the money she'd collected for the utility bills before moving in with her married and gray-haired abnormal-psychology professor; Lisa, whose childhood had been nastily scarred by a father's promise to have TV's Annie Oakley at her eighth birthday party (he brought home the actress while she was on a 10-city promotional tour--a grown-up lady in a suit, a lady no one recognized without her trademark pigtails, guns, fringed vest and cowgirl boots, and ten little girls wept bitterly); and finally Margaret, your best friend from high school, who I and most people assumed you were or had been lovers with, since the air around you both was so thick with longing that we could all taste it.

"Bring everybody from Duchess house, if you want," you said. Duchess House being that collapsing country farmhouse I lived in with Dick and Diana, a young married couple -- too young and too married--and an assortment of other revolving students. The house was so named because our English teacher, Dick's and mine, said all great literature made use of religion, sex, or the aristocracy, hence the greatest sentence ever written would go something like: "My God," said the duchess to the bishop, "take your hand off my thigh." Duchess. House.

We wrote and painted and acted, your household and mine--all of us talented, all of us terrified of that talent, that it wouldn't be enough (as indeed it wouldn't be) or that it might be too much (as it most certainly would). You were a visual artist, but your father was head

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781555833541
  • Publisher: Alyson Books
  • Publication date: 11/1/1996
  • Series: Early Embraces Series
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 8.32 (w) x 10.94 (h) x 0.46 (d)

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RSVP by Julia Willis

"Can you come to a fish fry?" you asked. Leaving me there in that windowed stairwell where we'd been talking, you rushed away to your next class after the final bell rang. I watched you below dart out of the building and down the sidewalk, stop, turn, look up, and catch me watching you. Then embarrassed from being caught, I waved, casually, friendly, you know — but instead of going on your way, you dashed right back into the building and called up the stairwell to me. "Can you come to a fish fry?"

I thought you were joking. "A fish fry?" I laughed.

"We're having one at my house." That house you shared in town with three other women — Susan, who would end up spending all the money she'd collected for the utility bills before moving in with her married and gray-haired abnormal-psychology professor; Lisa, whose childhood had been nastily scarred by a father's promise to have TV's Annie Oakley at her eighth birthday party (he brought home the actress while she was on a 10-city promotional tour—a grown-up lady in a suit, a lady no one recognized without her trademark pigtails, guns, fringed vest and cowgirl boots, and ten little girls wept bitterly); and finally Margaret, your best friend from high school, who I and most people assumed you were or had been lovers with, since the air around you both was so thick with longing that we could all taste it.

"Bring everybody from Duchess house, if you want," you said. Duchess House being that collapsing country farmhouse I lived in with Dick and Diana, a young married couple — too young and too married—and an assortment of other revolving students. The house was so named because ourEnglish teacher, Dick's and mine, said all great literature made use of religion, sex, or the aristocracy, hence the greatest sentence ever written would go something like: "My God," said the duchess to the bishop, "take your hand off my thigh." Duchess. House.

We wrote and painted and acted, your household and mine—all of us talented, all of us terrified of that talent, that it wouldn't be enough (as indeed it wouldn't be) or that it might be too much (as it most certainly would).

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Opening: anniversary 3
1 The Moon: Now and Then 5
2 Making Love With Catherine 8
3 Peter, Penny, and Me 11
4 Cigarettes and Leather 14
5 After the Ball Game 17
6 Mother Mary, May I? 20
7 Camp 24
8 Significant Kisses 27
9 Crush to Sex 30
10 Two Little Girls From School 33
11 Summer Gig in a Small Town 37
12 Undercover Agent 43
13 Mine 46
14 Breathing Lessons 48
15 Lifting the Mask: A Beginning 53
16 The Fall of Saigon 57
17 RSVP 60
18 I Wish I Had Known 64
19 Port-O-Potty 67
20 Taxi Ride 70
21 Vaca Eyes 73
22 Baby Butch 76
23 The Present Is the Destination 79
24 Cataclysms on the Kootenai 82
25 Seduction 86
26 Gals and Dolls 90
27 The Wonder of It All 92
28 Sparkle Plenty 95
29 Not to Need Her Too Much 98
30 L'Chaim 101
31 Double-Daring Dyke 104
32 I Didn't Know There Were Names for It 107
33 Palmetto Bugs 110
34 In the Country of My Skin 116
35 Perennial Friend 118
36 "God" Spelled Backward Is "Dog" 121
37 A Cup of Coffee 125
38 Sixteen 129
39 What Could Have Been 131
40 Anna 133
41 Brown Shoes 136
42 One Small Step 140
43 Lover 144
44 Kissing Girls 148
45 Dolly and Me 152
46 Casablanca 155
47 The Third Time's the Charm 158
48 Getting Real 160
49 Rosaria's Sunbeam 163
50 Phoenix Rising 166
51 The Natural 170
52 She's Gone 173
53 So Natural, So Right 177
Closing: Kissing Coco 185
Closing: To Annie, I Remember...I Remember 187
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2003

    Early Embraces: True Life Stories of Women Describing Their First Lesbian Experience

    Everything in this book is soo true it makes me feel better to know about all of this!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2003

    Early Embraces: True Life Stories of Women Describing Their First Lesbian Experience

    i have gone through everything this book tells about i feel it is a great book for kids of all ages!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2003

    Early Embraces: True Life Stories of Women Describing Their First Lesbian Experience

    i linzay lue understand everything in this book i have been through it all!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2003

    Made me remember

    This book made me remember all the anticipation, all the desire, of not just the first experience, every experience........even the disappointing ones.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2003

    I CAN RELATE

    I was truly moved by this brilliant and vibrantly told tale of the lesbian culture. I too am a lesbian and although I am fourteen years of age, im wise beyond my years and have had plenty of tantilizing experiences with the same gender.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2003

    THIS BOOK HAD ME WANTING MORE!!!!!

    I had my 1st lesbian relationship when I was 15 yrs old. I came out when I was 17. At eighteen I started reading any lesbian book i could get my hands on.... but nothing could keep me reading. A friend of mine told me about this book and gave it to me to read... I absolutley loved it.... I could not put it down. I read the book in 3days and have read Early Embraces II and Beginnings. I just now found out about Early Embraces III and am going to buy it today. Oh and I never gave my freind her book back.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2002

    WOW

    I am almost finnished this book and am in aww. I have never read anything like it, I am just comming out. Kinda I am very curious and this book is opening that up even more.. I think about the stories and relate to a lot of them. Palamano Bugs is great! The softness and honesty of this book is eye opening. I am so new to all of this and want to read more and more. I have been dening things for so long I feel like I just want to explode and this book alows me to not feel so alone in my world. My world now has others in it from this book and comforts me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2002

    Where Were Books Like These When I Was Growing Up?

    Allowing women to tell their own experiences, in their own words, about their 'early embraces' makes for a wonderful compilation. Many of the stories are so well-written and touching that they bear re-reading and caused me to buy this book for others, including a young woman I know who is working through the coming out process. ++++++ I only wish this book had been available when I was younger. I would have embraced it completely--and early, too! Lindsey Elder has done a nice job compiling the stories, and I recommend this book to any young woman just coming out or any other woman who is interested in revisiting that heady, confusing time of her first experience with love and lust.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2001

    Sweet, sometimes repetitive

    In general, it was a good book, almost impossible to put down. Some of the stories are absolutely wonderful, and would make a divine read if they were part of a full-length story. The only thing that I didn't like was that some of the stories seemed to mirror each other, making seem repetitive in some aspects. There were a few foul words thrown in which, to me, ruined what would have been a beautiful, bittersweet first-love story. They seemed to be thrown in for shock value, but they served more to cheapen the stories they showed up in.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2001

    No Girls Allowed

    This book changed my life!!! I was in the 12th grade when I first bumped the doughnuts. I felt weird inside because I didn't know how to tell my mother. Then I thought why should I be the one to tell mother? Why not let mother tell the daughter? You got it right, granny broke it down for me real proper like that one hot night.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2000

    Lesbian Heaven

    This book was a good to someone that is just coming out or is not to sure about being a lesbian. This book show you things that a person might not. This book helps firsttimers. Lets them know it is ok to be scared.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 1999

    15/f lesbian - florida

    This book was great! I loved all the stories especially 'Camp' This book helped me better understand myself with who i am and made me understand how i really feel about women and my girlfriend , love you always and i hope you enjoy it as much as i do.. love you for always })i({

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