Set in Russia and New York between 1860 and 1912, this epic novel uncovers a rich legacy of Jewish lesbians whose stories have until now fallen between the cracks of history.
Winner of the Lambda Literary Award and the Ferro-Grumley Award: A beautiful novel about the strength of love and personal perseverance during the political fervor of the Progressive EraSet in Russia and New York during the early twentieth century, Beyond the Pale follows the lives of two women born in a Russian-Jewish settlement who immigrate to New York's Lower East Side. Gutke Gurvich is a midwife who travels to America with her partner, a woman passing as a man. Their story crosses with that of Chava Meyer, a girl who was attended by Gutke at her birth and was later orphaned during the Kishinev pogrom of 1903. Chava immigrates with the family of her cousin Rose, and the two girls begin working at fourteen as they live through the oppression and tragedies of their time. They grow to become lovers, which leads them to search for a community they can truly call their own. Touching on the hallmarks of the Progressive Era--the Women's Trade Union League, the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire of 1911, anarchist and socialist movements, women's suffrage, anti-Semitism--Dykewomon's Beyond the Pale is a richly detailed and moving story, offering a glimpse into a world that is often overlooked.
Risk is a beautifully told story that spans the years from the mid-eighties to the post-9/11 world. Carol is an idealistic, Berkeley-educated, Jewish lesbian living in Oakland, California. Downwardly mobile, the Berkeley grad makes her living by tutoring high school students. Through Carol's life, Dykewomon explores the changing times and values in America.
Praise for Beyond the Pale by Elana Dykewomon:"One of the most compelling novels I have ever read. . . . A work of remarkable importance."--The Village Voice"One of the best books of the year. . . . Compelling, honest and unselfconscious."--The Toronto Star"Truly great novels aren't written very often, but Beyond the Pale deserves all the glowing adjectives available."--Bay Area Reporter"A moving chronicle."--Publishers Weekly"A page-turner. . . . Recommended for all collections."--Library JournalElana Dykewomon's extraordinarily well-received novel Beyond the Pale was first published in 1997 and won both the Lambda Literary Award and the Ferro-Grumley Award. It is firmly established as a classic text in the canon of lesbian literature. Risk is the longed-for follow-up from Dykewomon.Risk is a beautifully told story that spans the years from the mid-eighties to the post-9/11 world. Carol is an idealistic, Berkeley-educated, Jewish lesbian living in Oakland, California. Downwardly mobile, the Berkeley grad makes her living by tutoring high school students. Through Carol's life, Dykewomon explores the changing times and values in America.Elana Dykewomon is an activist, author, and teacher, and she has a fiercely dedicated readership that has been eagerly awaiting her next novel for a dozen years. One of the finest thinkers--and writers--the women's movement has produced, Dykewomon has worked for the last fifteen years as an editor and teacher of composition and creative writing, both independently and for San Francisco State University.
Award-winning author Elana Dykewomon's powerful debut novel about lesbian life in America during the social upheaval of the late 1960s and early 1970sWritten when she was just twenty-four years old, Riverfinger Women is Elana Dykewomon's beloved, intimate coming-of-age novel about Inez and her circle of friends--the Riverfinger women--struggling to find themselves amid the changing social mores of the Civil Rights era. Inez has known she was a lesbian since childhood, and while moving between Highland, her boarding school, and her friends' Greenwich Village apartment, she experiences longing and disappointment, friendship and romance, and her first real relationship, with schoolmate Abby. Along with their experimental and outgoing friend Peggy, Inez and Abby graduate from Highland and move into adulthood, confronting the prejudices of the larger world as they go.Told in an engrossing interweaving narrative, Riverfinger Women explores the characters' brushes with sexual violence, prostitution, drugs, love, and, ultimately, happiness amid the thrills and challenges of lesbian life during the second women's liberation movement.
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