Telling Moments: Autobiographical Lesbian Short Stories

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    Telling Moments collects contemporary short stories by a diverse group of twenty-four lesbian writers. Engaging themes of life and death, aging, motherhood, race, love, work, and travel, the writers offer brief glimpses into lesbian lives.
The stories are by well-known contemporary writers—Gloria Anzaldúa, Mary Cappello, Emma Donoghue, Jewelle Gomez, Karla Jay, Anna Livia, Valerie Miner, Lesléa Newman, Minnie Bruce Pratt, Ruthann Robson, Sarah Schulman, ...

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Overview

    Telling Moments collects contemporary short stories by a diverse group of twenty-four lesbian writers. Engaging themes of life and death, aging, motherhood, race, love, work, and travel, the writers offer brief glimpses into lesbian lives.
The stories are by well-known contemporary writers—Gloria Anzaldúa, Mary Cappello, Emma Donoghue, Jewelle Gomez, Karla Jay, Anna Livia, Valerie Miner, Lesléa Newman, Minnie Bruce Pratt, Ruthann Robson, Sarah Schulman, and Jess Wells—and exciting newer voices, such as Donna Allegra and Marion Douglas. There are also stories from performance artists Carmelita Tropicana, Peggy Shaw, and Maya Chowdhry. Anna Livia’s protagonist appreciates her mother’s artful garden creation. Ruthann Robson tells of a survivor of the health care system. In Marion Douglas’s story a teenager dances with an alluring classmate. Donna Allegra’s strong construction worker copes with the death of her mother. And Karla Jay sets her character forth to swim with sharks. Most of the stories are accompanied by an author photo, biographical sketch, and—a most significant feature—a commentary from the author on her writing process and the autobiographical nature of her story, illustrating the truth behind the fiction.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780299191146
  • Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2003
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Lynda Hall teaches in the Department of English at the University of Calgary. She is the editor of Lesbian Self-Writing and editor of and contributor to Converging Terrains: Gender, Environment, Technology, and the Body. Her work has also been published in various journals, including a/b: Auto/Biographical Studies and Journal of Lesbian Studies.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Re-Membering Her: A-Mazing Space of Lesbian Writings
Swallowing Fireflies / Tragando Luciernagas 3
Tenderness 13
Dance Hall Road 17
Choose: A Biomythography 25
Swimming with Sharks 33
Private Lessons 45
Farewell to Concubines 55
Love Quartet 67
The Dead Mothers Club 75
Dostoyevsky Would Have Liked That 89
Violin Lessons 101
Swimming at Midnight 115
Someone's Deciding 127
Easter Weekend 140
Gone Fishing 149
Rooms 157
Precis 173
The Sanctuary of Hands 185
The House with Nobody in It 197
Mad Dog in Chelsea 211
Leaving Her 223
My First Wedding 231
Gosh Dirt 235
Out Takes in Cuba 245
Bionotes 251
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