A Novel / Ann McMan

Book - 2015
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"When sculptor and author Barb Davis is given an NEA grant to pair original feminist sculptures with searing first-person essays on transitions in women's lives, she organizes a two week writing retreat with twelve of the best, brightest, and most notorious lesbian authors in the business. But in between regularly scheduled happy hours and writing sessions, the women enter a tournament bass fishing competition, receive life coaching from a wise-cracking fish named Phoebe, and uncover a subterranean world of secrets and desires that is as varied and elusive as the fish that swim in the waters of Lake Champlain. Set on the beautiful shores of Vermont's Lake Champlain, Backcast is richly populated with an expansive cast of endearing and outrageous characters who battle writer's block, quirky locals, personal demons, unexpected attractions, and even each other during their two-week residency. For Barb and each of her twelve writers, the stakes in this fast-moving story are high, but its emotional and romantic payoffs are slow and sweet. Filled with equal parts laugh-out-loud humor and breathtaking pathos, Backcast serves up a sometimes irreverent, sometimes sobering look at the hidden lives of women, and how they laugh, love, lose, and blunder through their own search for meaning.
Publisher: Ann Arbor : Bywater Books, 2015
ISBN: 9781612940632
Characteristics: 375 pages : map ; 22 cm


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Mar 10, 2018

I thought this was an outstanding read. The essays were heartbreaking and told a story of coming out in America for women at a time in our history when it wasn't easy. Alternately the book is funny, touching, heartwarming and redemption of sorts for all of the characters.13 women with history are pulled together to have their stories told in art and along the way find each other and grow into themselves. The writing is Spartan, direct and clear and the reader is allowed to read between the lines. and at the end wish for peace for all of them. I highly recommend this book to readers who want stark truth about what women go through to just be themselves without societies expectations. Thanks for the great read.

Jan 25, 2016

On page six, Mavis indulges in a anti-lesbian slur, when talking to herself about her neighbors.
This lesbian reader abandoned the book at that point.


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