Debut author, J. D. Simmons introduces us to her memoir, “Lately Lesbian”:
Good Southern girls follow the rules and walk down predictable paths. Jenna predictably married Paul and believed in happily ever after. Although Jenna played by all the rules, she had no idea the tragic turns that her life would take--the tragic death of her first baby, and the unexpected loss of a second baby. There would be more heartbreak. Would Jenna ever be blessed with a child that she wanted with all her heart? Would Paul step up and become the husband and partner she only dared to dream of? Jenna needed the support of her husband, his sympathetic shoulder to cry on, and strong arms to hold her, but he cast an absentee ballot most of the time.
Then out of the blue, Jenna crossed paths with a young woman and her life changed in ways that she never could have imagined. For too many years, Jenna drifted through life searching for answers to understand her undeniable attraction to this woman and uncover her true authentic self. Denial reigned supreme until one phone call changed everything.
This memoir is quite a story. It is well written and populated with real people. Penned in first person point of view, as befitting a memoir, it chronicles the struggle the author endured to find a person who would love and cherish her for who she is. This is one of the deepest needs of the human spirit, it is something we all want and we suffer damage when we don’t get it.
The author does a marvelous job of setting the scene for the events in the story. The dialogue rings with authenticity. She includes enough action to keep the story moving forward. It never really bogged down for me, like memoirs can at times. The inner narration wasn’t harsh, but it was gritty at times and very honest.
I award 4.8 stars to “Lately Lesbian”, the score would have been higher except for the small handful of spelling errors.
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