Women on the Verge

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Critical Praise for the anthologies of Susan Fox Rogers:

"This book reflects the reality of lesbian life...once again Rogers demonstrates her skill in fashioning anthologies to mirror our culture." - Lambda Book Report on Close Calls

"What most of the writers have in common is an acute and graceful self-awareness, a quality all to rare in adventure writing...Women reading this collection will easily find kindred spirits, and be encouraged to ...

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Overview

Critical Praise for the anthologies of Susan Fox Rogers:

"This book reflects the reality of lesbian life...once again Rogers demonstrates her skill in fashioning anthologies to mirror our culture." - Lambda Book Report on Close Calls

"What most of the writers have in common is an acute and graceful self-awareness, a quality all to rare in adventure writing...Women reading this collection will easily find kindred spirits, and be encouraged to find their own wilder selves." - Women's Review of Books on Another Wilderness

"This collection kicks the gym locker door open with a bang! A must read." - Outlines on Sportsdykes

"A collection that is without exception well written, original, and compelling." - Library Journal on Close Calls

"Susan Fox Rogers has gathered some remarkable writers onto these pages, and they provide wide-ranging, involving, altogether striking glimpses into our lives. Seldom will you find stories of greater dimension or quality." - Katherine V. Forrest, author of Apparition Alley

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Outdoorswoman and sports maven Rogers (Another Wilderness) chronicles yet another round of adventure stories about lesbians, involving river rafting, skydiving, rock climbing, racquetball and other activities. Interspersed among these sporty tales are slightly disjunctive pieces--in which a woman details her quest to become pregnant; a political protest goes awry; and a lesbian gets an anonymous phone call from two teenage girls--that are linked to the others only by the book's broad subtitle. Although Rogers asserts in her introduction that she sought to include "more of the complexity of life" beyond the eroticism that often defines lesbianism, many of these tales are deeply sexual, particularly B.K. Loren's gritty "Eye of the Storm," Judith Nichols's sensual "Naming and Other Tricks of Learning" and Marcia Munson's sex-driven "Burger King Baby." As it happens, the stories without a sexual element don't seem particularly lesbian. The best pieces--Gretchen Legler's bittersweet "Lake One, Lake Two...," Donna Steiner's lyrical "Connect the Dots" and Lucy Jane Bledsoe's ruminative "On Being at Sea"--explore interior landscapes laid bare by the challenges of the outdoors. Some pieces provide stunning visual moments: poet Eileen Myles gets lost "stalking" a volcano in the dark in "The Big Island." But despite glints of excitement, most of these tales lack narrative power: all are memoirs or episodic vignettes, and few have real direction or focus. (July) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
Rogers (Another Wilderness: Notes from the New Outdoorswoman) has assembled yet another remarkable collection of lesbian writings. This unique anthology comprises 22 essays about lesbian passion, but readers will find no bodice-rippers here. Conceived by Rogers as a volume of "erotica-plus-something," these short pieces, poignant and witty by turns, delve into the nonsexual desires of lesbian life. The works cover themes such as reawakened spirituality; political activism gone awry; the art and necessity of self-protection; realizing one's dreams, whether they include being a super-hero, learning to kayak, or bungee jumping; and envisioning lesbian motherhood. Contributions from both established and new authors like Lucy Jane Bledsoe, Karla Jay, Andrea Cohen, and Meredith Maran are featured. Recommended for women's studies and gay and lesbian studies collections.--Kimberly L. Clarke, Univ. of Minnesota Lib., Minneapolis Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312209711
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 8/31/1999
  • Series: Stonewall Inn Editions Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.28 (h) x 0.81 (d)

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