Elegant tomboys, academic femmes, and small-town kisses; encounters on the road and in the bar; questions arising from an in-between culture; cane stalks, sake, fresh-cut flowers, home insemination, and hotel-room orgasms.
Crossing race, culture, and gender constraints, No Margins leads the reader through the lushness of lesbian life and the vastness of the Canadian experience.
No Margins is a stellar short fiction collection featuring fifteen of Canada's finest contemporary writers-all of whom include lesbian identity as one piece of their selves and their work.
Margins are ignored in this fine collection of fiction by 15 Canadian lesbians. Three of its authors have won Canada's highest literary honor, and readers will recognize authors such as Ann-Marie MacDonald (Fall on Your Knees, an Oprah pick) and Shani Mootoo (Cereus Blooms at Night). Themes of discovery and lost boundaries (sexual and otherwise) run through the anthology, and though the stories vary in quality, a sense of energy and newness pervades them. Standouts include Dionne Brand's contribution, an excerpt from In Another Place, Not Here that crackles with Caribbean authenticity; Nicole Brossard's treatise-like "State of Mind in the Garden"; and Karen X. Tulchinsky's "Ruined by Love," a road story set on the west coast.
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October 31, 2006
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