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Review: Bastard Out of Carolina by Dorothy Allison

Dorothy Allison’s Bastard Out of Carolina tells the story of Bone Boatwright, a little girl growing up in Greenville, South Carolina. She’s poor as dirt, surrounded by women that love her and family suffering under poverty and the shame instilled by poverty. 1,228 more words


Bastard out of Carolina

Content warning: child abuse.

My bestie lent me this book ages ago, and knowing that I was travelling to America, I thought I would take the opportunity to add it to my five weeks of American literature. 429 more words

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Trauma and Survival in Contemporary Fiction

How can trauma be written, or read about, when much of the impact of traumatic events is so overwhelming as to debilitate functional emotional, cognitive, and physical responses? 132 more words


Book Review / Bastard Out of Carolina by Dorothy Allison

My Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Page Count: 309

Date Finished: August 18, 2017

This one is rough to say the least. It’s even more painful knowing that the novel is semi-autobiographical. 636 more words

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Meditations for Queer Femmes -- “What, you think we needed your permission?”*

“What is it with all these quotes?” my father asked me plaintively. I was in grad school getting an MFA in Creative Writing at one university and he was well into his 30th year teaching philosophy at another. 760 more words


An Introduction...

It feels like I have been threatening to start a blog for Moon after Moon at this point…

…but alas, I’ve been finding it challenging to get started— which is most likely a product of my anxieties surrounding vulnerability and being misunderstood in combination with my primal fear of not being loved or seen or heard. 779 more words


Femme Friday – Dorothy Allison

I heard Dorothy Allison read from Bastard Out of Carolina way back in the day at the late-lamented feminist bookstore, New Words in Inman Square, Cambridge, MA. 723 more words