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From author Rue (My Favorite Second Chance, 2015, etc.) comes the third book in a series about the lives of the Hutchinson sisters.
The third installment of the Lake Effect series finds sisters Rachel and Gwenn in turmoil. As Rachel yearns for the return of her currently touring rock-star girlfriend and Gwenn tries to decide between two men vying for her attention, their mother, Shirley, rests in the intensive care unit of St. Luke’s Hospital. The two sisters still cannot escape the scrutiny of their difficult mother, who’s cantankerous even as she nears death: “Where’s the bright light? Why aren’t there any angels guidin’ me into Heaven?” she says during an out-of-body experience. When the doctor explains that Shirley will need a new kidney, Rachel jumps at the opportunity to donate, while Gwenn finds herself much more hesitant. Both, however, find it startling that neither happens to be an acceptable donor. Meanwhile, Steven, who spent years as a POW in Afghanistan, intends on proposing to Gwenn in spite of lingering PTSD and the somewhat limiting circumstances of his father’s will—“you can only inherit the money if you have a ketubah,” a type of Jewish prenup, he’s told. Then there’s Daniel, a successful artist on sabbatical in Mexico who pines for a return to Gwenn; the two are currently, as Daniel dismally explains, “on a break, or whatever you call this.” Fans of the prior books will find more of what they’ve been enjoying: plenty of sexuality longed for and consummated—“She blew hot breath in his ear and whispered her desires in moist, tantalizing syllables” —tender sibling moments, and down-home good sense brought to the surface by foreign travel: while viewing an ancient Greek settlement preserved in volcanic ash, one character remarks, “Makes you think. Every moment matters, ya know.” Some descriptions lack vigor—the Greek settlement is “interesting”—much as certain twists seem too on-the-nose. Still, the Hutchinson sisters are worth rooting for, and readers who do will be happy once again.
A triumphant chapter centered on two sisters and their unbreakable bond.
Pub Date: July 4th, 2015
Page count: 416pp
Publisher: Sittin’ On A Goldmine Productions LLC
Program: Kirkus Indie
Review Posted Online: Sept. 30th, 2015
Slight change of plans :) I have a giant spider bite on my FACE so there will be NO video this week. Instead I’ve decided to share the first chapter of my audiobook WIP (work in progress). I’d love to hear what you think about the sample of “It’s Not My Favorite”. #samplesunday
Los Angeles, CA – Lambda Literary has received a major gift commitment of $1 million, the largest in the organization’s history, from Mr. Chuck Forester of San Francisco. The gift will be used to further the work of Lambda Literary on behalf of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer literature. The gift will also establish the “Forester Fellowship,” an annual, juried cash prize to a promising LGBTQ writer.
The gift was announced at a cocktail reception on Sunday, September 20th at Mr. Forester’s home in the Alamo Square neighborhood of San Francisco at which Mr. Forester, and Lambda Literary Executive Director, Tony Valenzuela, used the occasion to officially launch the Lambda Literary Legacy Circle, a planned giving program to which Mr. Forester’s $1 million gift served as the celebratory introduction. Acclaimed authors Kevin Sessums and Trebor Healey and poet Baruch Porras-Hernandez were on hand as featured guest readers at the reception.
“This transformational gift is an endowment in the long-term future of Lambda Literary’s industry-leading programs that serve LGBTQ readers, writers and publishers,” said Valenzuela. “The establishment of the Forester Fellowship will be an unprecedented professional boon for its annual winner that will allow the selected author financial security and uninterrupted time to finish their next book.”
The annual “Forester Fellowship” will be the largest cash prize in the world offered to LGBTQ writers and follows a series of other cash prizes that Lambda Literary already offers including the Lambda Literary Emerging Writer Award and the Dr. James Duggins Outstanding Novelist Prize.
“I grew up in the 50s and homosexuality was so heinous a crime people were afraid to say the word, and it filled me with misconceptions about LGBT people and fears of being discovered as an adult,” said Mr. Forester. “A novel by John Rechy about a drag queen and LA hustlers told me gay men were real people, and for the first time they were people like me with whom I could relate. I’d found a home–in literature. Years later, with the onset of AIDS/HIV, I turned to gay mentors who taught me how to process through words the incredible grief I felt as friends died around me every day and I lost my partner of eighteen years. Gay literature saved me twice, and I consider myself lucky to be here today, still reading and now as a novelist.”
Mr. Forester continued, “I can’t think of a better way of thanking the community for what its writers have given me than by providing a fellowship to a promising LGBT writer. I’ll be joining other generous donors who agree with me that our books tell us about who we are and where we come from as they celebrate our beautiful peculiarities.”
Chuck was born in Wisconsin and went to college at Dartmouth and graduate school at Penn followed by two years in the Peace Corp in Chile. He came out in San Francisco in 1972 and has been living with HIV since 1978. He’s been active in the LGBT community for decades, first as a board member and then chairman of the board of the Human Rights Campaign Fund (now the Human Rights Campaign). He also led a successful campaign that raised $3.2 million for what is today the James C. Hormel Gay and Lesbian Center at the San Francisco Public Library, a first of its kind collection in a public institution that continues to serve a world-wide audience of readers and scholars. He has published a memoir Do You Live Around Here? and is currently working on a novel.
“Chuck has been a stalwart supporter of Lambda Literary for more than a decade and has worked as a close ally and advisor during our recent period of unprecedented growth,” said KG MacGregor, Lambda Literary’s Board President. “This gift signals Chuck’s strong belief in our mission and in the bright future of storytelling by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender authors.”
Lambda Literary is the world’s leading nonprofit organization that nurtures, celebrates, and preserves LGBTQ literature through programs that honor excellence, promote visibility, create community and encourage the development of emerging writers. Lambda’s respected programs include the Lambda Literary Awards, the Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices, the Lambda Literary Review web magazine, and LGBTQ Writers in Schools.
For more information about the Lambda Literary Legacy Circle planned giving program, contact Executive Director, Tony Valenzuela at email@example.com or (323) 643-4281.
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My Favorite Second Chance, the second book in the Lake Effect Series by Rue, is simply a great read, continuing the stories of the Hutchinson sisters, Gwenn and Rachel, pretty much where the first book in the series, It’s Not My Favorite, left off. Gwenn is enjoying the excitement of her new relationship with the handsome and wealthy artist Daniel Gregory, and Rachel’s relationship with rock star Annie is a happy one. But when Gwenn’s war hero ex returns with thoughts of being with her forever and Annie prepares to leave for a long overseas tour, the uncomplicated happily ever after both women had started to dream of just might not be in the cards for either of them.
I so enjoyed this book. Rue has done an absolutely fantastic job at creating characters that the reader will truly care about and will continue to think about long after the book has ended. If that is not a hallmark of an awesome writer, I’m not sure what is. My Favorite Second Chance would be enjoyed by any reader who loves chick lit, romance, just the right amount of steaminess, or just a great, fun, and heart twisting read. Rue is fast becoming a go-to favorite of mine, and I can count on her books to be engaging, exciting and emotional, sometimes all at the same time. I am so happy to highly recommend this book and this series as a whole, and will be very much looking forward to digging into the next installment as soon as possible.