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Phases of the Moon
     

Phases of the Moon

by Julia Watts
 

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VOYA - Laura Lent
Starting out in the late fifties, Watts's sensitive portrayal of Glenda Mooney, a naive and impoverished Argon, Kentucky, coal miner's daughter who discovers that she not only has a love for singing but also a love for another girl, is daring, humorous, and most of all, honest. When Glenda's brothers, Roy and Bobby, hear Glenda belt out a tune, they decide to capitalize on her voice, and the three of them begin to perform in churches for donations. This exposure brings Brother Dixon and his teenage daughter, Angel, to Argon, and Brother Dixon asks Glenda to be Angel's singing companion at the Baptist church. In the time that Glenda and Angel spend together, they discover they have romantic feelings for each other. Unfortunately, Brother Dixon learns of the girls' passion, and the Dixons hastily leave town. Though heartbroken, Glenda continues her singing and guitar playing. At age fifteen, she is selected to perform on a country/western program, where she meets a more worldly co-performer named Susan Wilson. Susan and Glenda hit it off immediately, and Susan exposes Glenda to jazz, spaghetti, and other things she has never heard of before. One night, Susan seduces Glenda, and from that night on Glenda's life changes forever. Wildly in love, the two run off together and Glenda begins to sing in bars all over the United States. A rock-and-roll song she writes about her relationship with Susan eventually catapults her to fame and leads to their subsequent breakup. Glenda doggedly channels all of her energy and talent into becoming a successful female rock star who rises, then falls, and years later finds peace within herself. This story about Glenda's career and life also is about a girl becoming a woman in a world that does not view homosexuality kindly. It is a story that can educate, illuminate, and open readers' hearts and minds. Accolades go to Watts for having the courage to tastefully explore a lifestyle that many of us ignore or condemn. Glenda's homosexual relationships are tactfully handled; Watts make readers aware of the women's lovemaking without the play-by-play descriptions and detail found in paperback romances. Although the appeal of this book might be limited, mature adolescents and adults who choose to read it will gain an understanding and appreciation for a misunderstood segment of the population. VOYA Codes: 5Q 2P S (Hard to imagine it being any better written, For the YA with a special interest in the subject, Senior High-defined as grades 10 to 12).

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ISBN-13:
9781931513920
Publisher:
Bella Books
Publication date:
11/14/2003
Pages:
266
Product dimensions:
5.42(w) x 8.54(h) x 0.26(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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