You're Not from Around Here, Are You?: A Lesbian in Small-Town America

This is a funny, moving story about life in a small town, from the point of view of a pregnant lesbian Louise A Blum, author of the critically acclaimed novel Amnesty, now tells the story of her own life and her decision to be out, loud, and pregnant Mixing humor with memorable prose, Blum recounts how a quiet, conservative town in an impoverished stretch of AppalachiaThis is a funny, moving story about life in a small town, from the point of view of a pregnant lesbian Louise A Blum, author of the critically acclaimed novel Amnesty, now tells the story of her own life and her decision to be out, loud, and pregnant Mixing humor with memorable prose, Blum recounts how a quiet, conservative town in an impoverished stretch of Appalachia reacts as she and a local woman, Connie, fall in love, move in together, and determine to live their life together openly and truthfully The town responds in radically different ways to the couple s presence, from prayer vigils on the village green to a feature article in the family section of the local newspaper This is a cautionary, wise, and celebratory tale about what it s like to be different in America both the good and the bad A depiction of small town life with all its comforts and its terrors, this memoir speaks to anyone who has ever felt like an outsider in America Blum tells her story with a razor wit and deft precision, a story about two girls with grit, and the child they decide to raise, right where they are, in small town America.
You re Not from Around Here Are You A Lesbian in Small Town America This is a funny moving story about life in a small town from the point of view of a pregnant lesbian Louise A Blum author of the critically acclaimed novel Amnesty now tells the story of her own l

  • Title: You're Not from Around Here, Are You?: A Lesbian in Small-Town America
  • Author: Louise A. Blum
  • ISBN: 9780299170943
  • Page: 343
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “You're Not from Around Here, Are You?: A Lesbian in Small-Town America”

    1. A book about a lesbian couple living in "God Country" and trying to conceive in the late 90's. The story winds through Louise and Connie's experiences from coming out to raising their daughter. Along the way Blum competently portrays the everyday struggle that it is to be gay. This autobiography reads like an eloquent novel. The writing and imagery are beautiful and add to the emotional importance of the story.

    2. I had the authors sister as a professor and the book was amazingly good at describing the inequalities the LGBT community faces.

    3. I have endurance as a reader. This book was a double marathon. As much as I want to promote and support lesbian writers and other realms of life, books like this make it incredibly hard. I wanted it to be a book with stories about gays and lesbians living in a small town. Instead I got some pregnancy story that bored me to tears. I never skip parts of books and as soon as anything had to do with reproduction I was skipping like a school girl playing double dutch.One star for the energy put into [...]

    4. This was okay. A bit dated, since it took place during the (Bill) Clinton era, but still relatable in parts. The first half, where she talked more about what it was like to be gay and out in a small, Conservative town, was stronger than the 2nd half where she talked about her pregnancy.

    5. Sad, funny, ultimately triumphant. I did enjoy this memoir of Ms. Blum's experiences, with her partner, of conceiving, carrying and giving birth to her daughter, while living and teaching in a small, poor Appalachian town. As in all small towns, the residents cross the spectrum from loving, supportive and willing to grown to that minority that is small-minded and judgmental. Not sure that I would have stayed put and endured, but I salute the author and her life partner and their wonderful daught [...]

    6. Just a beautifully written memoir about a young family just trying to make their way in small town America in the mid-90's. The fact that it is a lesbian couple makes the story even richer thanks to the author's honesty. So many emotions as I read this book! A wonderful & compelling read. I just wish there was a sequelI miss them already!

    7. Really loved this book. Having attended a college in a small town that was less than gay friendly, I can relate to their experiences trying to build a life as a couple when it seems the odds are against you. I thing Blum writes eloquently with humor and class.

    8. Just emotions I felt while reading this:sadness. sympathy. anger [at others, not at her]. indignation. compassion.Hard hard stuff, but I appreciated the open and honest perspective.

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