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Naked in the Promise Land: A Memoir
     

Naked in the Promise Land: A Memoir

by Lillian Faderman
 

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The daughter of an unmarried immigrant Jewish garment worker whose family had perished in the Holocaust, Lillian Faderman dreamed of being an actress. Instead she worked her way through college by posing for nude photographs, and by stripping. She slowly discovered that her deepest erotic and emotional connections were to women. After nearly losing herself in a

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The daughter of an unmarried immigrant Jewish garment worker whose family had perished in the Holocaust, Lillian Faderman dreamed of being an actress. Instead she worked her way through college by posing for nude photographs, and by stripping. She slowly discovered that her deepest erotic and emotional connections were to women. After nearly losing herself in a dangerous underworld of addicts, pimps, and prostitutes, she became a brilliant student, eventually earning a Ph.D. And she became a loving partner, a devoted mother, an influential writer, and a groundbreaking scholar of gay and lesbian studies.

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"[A] painful dynamic—driven by Faderman’s conflicting need to save herself and her mother—drives the book to disturbing emotional depths."—Publishers Weekly

"A frank and moving book. . . . An exhilarating narrative of [Faderman’s] life."—Los Angeles Times

"This ungentle memoir spares no feelings, least of all the author’s, as it tells a riveting tale of truths more dangerous than fiction."—Boston Sunday Globe

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780299200145
Publisher:
University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date:
04/15/2004
Pages:
356
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Lillian Faderman is the author of such acclaimed works as To Believe in Woman, Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers, and Surpassing the Love of Men. Among her many honors are Yale University’s James Brudner Award for exemplary scholarship in lesbian and gay studies, three Lambda Literary Awards, two American Library Association awards, the Monette-Horwitz Award, the American Association of University Women’s National Distinguished Scholar Award. She teaches literature and creative writing at California State University at Fresno.

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