[April 11, 1949 - ]
Skin: Talking About Sex, Class & Literature (1994) --
Lambda Literary Award
GLBT Studies (Lesbian Studies);
American Library Association Gay and Lesbian Book Award.
A fantastic collection of essays,
autobiographical narratives, and performance pieces, including
updated versions of earlier groundbreaking material with provocative
new work by the lifelong feminist activist, controversial sex
radical, and Southern expatriate writer with an attitude who brought
Bastard Out of Carolina,
Trash: Stories, and
The Women Who Hate Me: Poetry 1980-1990.
Funny, passionate, and compelling prose on what it means to be queer
and happy about it in a world that is still arguing about what it
means to be queer.
Bastard Out of Carolina (1992) --
Finalist for the 1992 National Book Award
South Carolina, a wild, lush place, is home to the Boatwright
family—rough-hewn men who drink hard and shoot up each other's
trucks, and indomitable women who marry young and age all too
quickly. At the heart of this astonishing novel is Ruth Anne
Boatwright, known simply as Bone, a South Carolina bastard with an
annotated birth certificate to tell the tale. Observing everything
with the mercilessly keen eye of a child, Bone finds herself caught
in a family triangle that will test the loyalty of her mother, Anney.
Her stepfather, Daddy Glen, calls Bone "cold as death, mean as a
snake, and twice as twisty," yet Anney needs Glen. At first gentle
with Bone, Daddy Glen becomes steadily colder and more furious—until
their final, harrowing encounter, from which there can be no turning
Two or Three Things I Know for Sure (1995)
Dorothy Allison talks about her life, her
sexuality, her poor background and about how she conquered her
disadvantages. Her life has been a triumph over family violence,
alcoholism, sexual abuse and lack of education.
When Delia Byrd packs her car and begins the long trip home from Los
Angeles-from the glamour of the rock 'n roll business, her passion
for singing and songwriting, and the darker days of whisky and
violence and too much belief in the promises of a man she loved-she
heads to Cairo, Georgia, and her own unresolved past. Ten years
earlier, Delia left the husband who turned on her, abandoned her two
daughters, one an infant, and fled to California. But Delia is
pulled back to Georgia: to a world of convenience stores and biscuit
factories, kudzu and deep-rooted Baptism-to make a deal with the man
she paid a high price to leave. She brings her third daughter, Cissy,
with her. And as the lives of Delia, Cissy, Amanda, and Dede
converge, Delia's past uncoils into the present with a ferocity that
brings all four women to terms with themselves and with one another.
Told in the incantatory and unforgettable voice of one of America's
greatest storytellers, Cavedweller is a sweeping novel of the human
spirit that maps a world of "lost" and "known" caves, the unexplored
recesses of the heart, and the lives of four women at a place where
violence, and what redeems it, intersect.
Cavedweller (1998) -
Lambda Literary Award for
She Who (In Progress)
Lambda Literary Award
Lesbian Fiction and
co-winner of the 1988
Lambda Literary Award for Small Presses
Showcases Allison at her most fearlessly honest
and startlingly vivid. The limitless scope of human emotion and
experience are depicted in stories that give aching and eloquent
voice to the terrible wounds we inflict on those closest to us.
These are tales of loss and redemption; of shame and forgiveness; of
love and abuse and the healing power of storytelling.
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