I Came Out for This?

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There’s only one place Joanna Kane can tell it like it is. Her journal:

I hate Terri Rubin, the woman I’m in love with. She called and told me she’s dating a woman named Sonya. I hate this Sonya and I hate Terri and I hate myself because I was never like this in my life. Do you know what it’s like to come out when you’re in your forties, having menopausal symptoms, for God’s sake, and then fall madly in love with someone? All of a sudden you’re in adolescencefor the first time. ...

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Overview

There’s only one place Joanna Kane can tell it like it is. Her journal:

I hate Terri Rubin, the woman I’m in love with. She called and told me she’s dating a woman named Sonya. I hate this Sonya and I hate Terri and I hate myself because I was never like this in my life. Do you know what it’s like to come out when you’re in your forties, having menopausal symptoms, for God’s sake, and then fall madly in love with someone? All of a sudden you’re in adolescencefor the first time. You don’t even recognize yourself. My whole adult life I was this cool, collected writer, strutting around in jeans and leather jacket, advising friends and siblings about their relationships, being a devoted daughter and a responsible professional person and a good citizen, and then one day I woke up and realized I was gay, and then this sassy woman walked into my life and I fell in love at first sight, after spending my life thinking that never really happened and only watching West Side Story because of the gangs. And now I’ve become the kind of person I used to make fun of, who becomes hysterical because her beloved tells her she’s dating some woman named Sonya who has an apothecary store in Bethesda, Maryland.

I’m sick of being in this endless rut, I’m sick of Cleveland, and I’m thinking of moving to Washington, DC to be with Terri Rubin who I hate.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781932859737
  • Publisher: Bywater Books MI
  • Publication date: 8/1/2010
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Lisa Gitlin is a freelance writer who lives in Washington, DC. This is her first novel.

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  • Posted July 3, 2010

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    A Very Impressive Debut Novel

    Lisa Gitlin comes onto the summer literary scene with a novel I CAME OUT FOR THIS? that is bound to gather a large following. First, the subject matter: this is a the story of a Joanna Kane, a 47 year old Jewish woman from Cleveland, Ohio ('which will prejudice you against me immediately because what's Cleveland, Ohio? A loser city. When you say you're from Cleveland, Ohio, people look at you with no expression, trying to think of what to say.') who finally comes out as a lesbian after years of suppression and falls madly in love with Terri Rubin, a woman who delights in multiple partners of temporary status. Second, the writing style: each page of this book is designed as a torn out page form a notebook that could be a diary or just a source where the heroine can vent, a method of publishing thanks to the sensitivity of Bywater Books that gives the book a lift. And third, the gift of the first time novelist, Lisa Gitlin. It seems on the first few pages that the reader will be able to put up with just so much of this whining woman's tale that the book will never be finished. Wrong. Gitlin writes with such enormous wit and hilarious dialogue with the reader and at the same time holds our attention because of the empathy we have for her and her plight to find happiness with her late in life discovery of her true sexuality. Most people will find themselves compelled to read this rather short novel in one sitting and be enchanted by the skill of Lisa Gitlin.

    Gitlin is unafraid to take potshots at not only Cleveland, but also at Washington, DC, at being Jewish, at the embarrassing foibles of those new to physical escapades, and to be realistic, at life in all its incongruities. She is able to tell us a story (it sounds as though this may be an autobiographical one, though it is generally said that ALL novels hold autobiographical contents), to entertain us with her close to standup comedienne manner of writing, and at the same time keep us so tied to the crazy machinations of Joanna Kane that we rout for her all the way to bliss. So if it is a fresh writer with a sound first novel that is brave enough to relate the world the way it is, this is a perfect book to read now - before the demand for it becomes great....

    Grady Harp

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  • Posted September 29, 2010

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    Raw, Remarkable, and Funny Debut Novel

    This is a raucous, outrageous, hilarious, and uncomfortably realistic story of a woman in her forties who decides to come out.

    So this is a story about firsts: coming out, first love, or first like, first getting dumped, first I'm-following-you-half-way-across-the-country, in an obsessive, stalkerish kind of I-love-you-so-much-that-I-hate-you way.

    This is brash and uncensored. In fact, the style and tone is that of a journal, where one records awkward, embarrassing revelations never meant for others to read. In the case of Joanna Kane, these observations are also honest, wry, and painful.

    Do not drink while reading this book.

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