A Letter to Harvey Milk: Short Stories

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University of Wisconsin Pres, Feb 1, 2013 - Fiction - 176 pages
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This poignant and humorous collection of stories offers a fresh perspective on current issues such as homosexuality and anti-Semitism and lends a unique voice to those experiencing growing pains and self-discovery. Newman’s readers accompany her quirky Jewish characters through all types of experiences from an initial lesbian sexual encounter to being sequestered in a college apartment after paranoid Holocaust flashbacks. In these stories characters anxiously discover their lesbian identities while beginning to understand, and finally to embrace, their Jewish heritage. The title story, "A Letter to Harvey Milk," was the second place finalist in the Raymond Carver Short Story Competition.
 

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Contents

Preface to the New Edition
5
The Gift
11
A Letter to Harvey Milk
32
Only a Phase
48
One Shabbos Evening
61
Sunday Afternoon
77
The Best Revenge
93
Flashback
129
Something Shiny
147
The World to Come
163
Yiddish Glossary
170
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Lesléa Newman is the author of fifty books including the pioneering work Heather Has Two Mommies. Many of her books concern themselves with lesbian identity and Jewish identity, as well as current topics such as AIDS, eating disorders, and sexual abuse. Her literary awards include Poetry Fellowships from the Massachusetts Artists Fellowship Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, the James Baldwin Award for Cultural Achievement, and three Pushcart Prize nominations. Nine of her books have been Lambda Literary Award finalists.

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