Loving Her

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UPNE, 1997 - Fiction - 187 pages
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Originally published in 1974, Loving Her is the first novel by an African American author to deal explicitly with interracial lesbian love. The groundbreaking story centers on Renay, a talented black musician who is forced by pregnancy to marry the abusive, alcoholic Jerome Lee. When Jerome sells Renay's piano to finance his drinking, she leaves her destructive marriage and flees with her young daughter to Terry, a wealthy white writer whom she met at a supper club. Terry awakens in Renay a love and sexual desire beyond her erotic imaginings. Despite the sexist, racist, and homophobic prejudices they must confront, the mutually supportive couple finds physical and emotional joy. When Jerome Lee discovers the nature of Renay and Terry's friendship, he beats Renay nearly to death and, in a drunken rage, kidnaps his daughter, who subsequently dies in a car accident. Grief-stricken and guilty about her love for Terry, Renay feels that God has punished her and breaks off their relationship to atone her "sins." In the end, she returns to Terry and a renewed life.

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User Review  - Pam Thomas - Goodreads

I love this novel because it tells of life in the now with no holds barred, how a woman embarks down the road of marriage to a man who repeatedly rapes her , is abusive and after 20 years of going ... Read full review

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User Review  - Heather Bennett - Goodreads

Loving Her might have been a better story if it was written better. I enjoyed the story.This book was written back in 1974 which was ahead of its time. If this book was rewritten it would be a far better and more enjoyable book to read. Read full review

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Ann Allen Shockley is Associate Librarian for Special Collections and University Archivist at Fisk University.

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