An Emergence of Green

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Alice Street Editions, Harrington Park Press, 2005 - Poetry - 230 pages
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In the 1980s, the politics of feminism were just beginning to gain mainstream awareness. In this fast-paced novel, first published in 1986, Lambda Award winner Katherine V. Forrest (author of the Kate Delafield Mystery Series and the acclaimed novel Curious Wine) opened new doors for thousands of women as she nurtured a new genre of fiction: the lesbian emergence novel. In An Emergence of Green, one of the best-selling lesbian novels of all time, an unplanned encounter between trophy wife Carolyn Blake and her new neighbor-tall, athletic artist Val Hunter-leads to a close friendship and deepening emotions that young Carolyn has never known. Suddenly, Carolyn's carefully manicured domestic life seems unfulfilling and much less colorful. And her husband's love for her seems contrived and condescending, as if it's not the real Carolyn he loves at all. Like so many American businessmen in the 1980s, Paul Blake thinks a wife should be docile, placid, and dedicated to pleasing her husband and impressing his friends. His tenderness turns to rage, his caresses to blows. Yet An Emergence of Green is nothing if not hopeful. This is Carolyn's story-a story of emerging independence, expanding self-awareness, and awakening sexuality.

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