Time's Rainbow: Writing Ourselves Back Into American History

Time's Rainbow: Writing Ourselves Back Into American History

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Time's Rainbow: Writing Ourselves Back into American History by Lori L. Lake

I started writing because I had a need inside

of me to create something that was not there.

~Audre Lorde, poet, feminist, and warrior activist for civil rights

Through all but recent recorded history, queer people were omitted from historical records much as women and people of color have been. So many people unheard, so many stories lost…

In this exciting collection you will find unforgettable and brilliant stories that place lesbian and gay characters back into American history. Fourteen talented authors have represented events in the historical timeline from the 1600’s Salem Witch Trials to 1970’s hijacker DB Cooper because they had a “need to create something that was not there.” Many tales are entertaining, heartwarming, and positive, but a few are dark and tragic.

The editors hope that these stories remind readers, especially today’s youth, that we deserve to have our place in the narrative of humankind.

The most important fact is that gays have been here since

Day One. To say otherwise is a gross denial and stupidity.

We played an enormous part in the history of America.

~Larry Kramer, author, AIDS activist, champion of human rights

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781633040328
Publisher: Lori L Lake Enterprises
Publication date: 05/26/2017
Series: The Time's Rainbow Series , #1
Format: Paperback
Pages: 262

Table of Contents

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Foreword . . . . . . . . . .Page xiii

Introduction. . . . . . . . . .Page xv

JESS FARADAY

Deadfall. . . . . . . . . .Page 1

JON MICHAELSEN

Eyes for You. . . . . . . . . .Page 12

JUDY M. KERR

Stamped Unnatural. . . . . . . . . .Page 30

LORI L. LAKE

Fighters. . . . . . . . . .Page 47

E.J. KINDRED

The Other Marie. . . . . . . . . .Page 61

VICTOR J. BANIS

Longhorns. . . . . . . . . .Page 69

LEE LYNCH

The Time of Year that Really Got to Frenchy. . . . . . . . . .Page 80

PATTY SCHRAMM

Abigail’s Freedom. . . . . . . . . .Page 98

SUE HARDESTY

Coming Home. . . . . . . . . .Page 116

JANE CUTHBERTSON

Ghostly Crossing. . . . . . . . . .Page 136

KATE MCLACHLAN

Mercy’s Eyes. . . . . . . . . .Page 147

CHRISTOPHER HAWTHORNE MOSS

Hear the Gentle Voices Calling. . . . . . . . . .Page 157

NANN DUNNE

Stepping Toward Freedom. . . . . . . . . .Page 172

ETHAN STONE

Hijacked Love. . . . . . . . . .Page 190

About The Editors. . . . . . . . . .Page 225

Contributors’ Biographies and Select Bibliographies. . . . . . . . . .Page 226

Permissions. . . . . . . . . .Page 239

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Molly_Ringle More than 1 year ago
The authors of Time’s Rainbow have done a lovely job with a wonderful idea: write stories to illustrate the possible lives of LGBTQ people in all eras of American history. For the most part these aren’t romances (though a few might qualify as such), just stories of certain times in the past, with lead characters who happen to be lesbian or gay, and, due to the nature of social attitudes at the time, often have to hide it, or face terrible consequences. The time settings and characters include an accused woman in the Salem witch trials, a slave joining the Underground Railroad, a criminal in Portland in the 1880s, an FBI agent working the D.B. Cooper case in 1971, teenagers in the 1950s in New York City, and pioneers and cowboys of the Old West, among others. I loved the variety, was impressed with the quality of writing, and most of all I appreciated how the book accomplished its aim in making me think about what it would really be like to be an LGBTQ person in each of these time periods. I admire them all—the real people whose lives are represented by these fictional protagonists—for their courage and endurance, and for paving the way to our much brighter present. I hope to see other similar volumes with more historical settings! I think this is a fabulous idea for short story projects.