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Lillian Faderman is the author of such acclaimed works as To Believe in Woman, Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers, and Surpassing the Love of Men. Among her many honors are Yale University s James Brudner Award for exemplary scholarship in lesbian and gay studies, three Lambda Literary Awards, two American Library Association awards, the Monette-Horwitz Award, the American Association of University Women s National Distinguished Scholar Award. She teaches literature and creative writing at California State University at Fresno."

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An award-winning scholar in gay/lesbian studies, Faderman recounts her early life as the only child of an unmarried Jewish woman whose family perished in the Holocaust. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

"A frank and moving book. . . . An exhilarating narrative of [Faderman's] life."--"Los Angeles Times"

"[A] painful dynamic--driven by Faderman's conflicting need to save herself and her mother--drives the book to disturbing emotional depths."--"Publishers Weekly"

"[A] painful dynamic--driven by Faderman's conflicting need to save herself and her mother--drives the book to disturbing emotional depths."--"Publishers Weekly"


"[A] painful dynamic driven by Faderman s conflicting need to save herself and her mother drives the book to disturbing emotional depths." "Publishers Weekly""


"A frank and moving book. . . . An exhilarating narrative of [Faderman s] life." "Los Angeles Times""


"[A] painful dynamic driven by Faderman s conflicting need to save herself and her mother drives the book to disturbing emotional depths." Publishers Weekly"

"A frank and moving book. . . . An exhilarating narrative of [Faderman s] life." Los Angeles Times"
"This ungentle memoir spares no feelings, least of all the author s, as it tells a riveting tale of truths more dangerous than fiction." Boston Sunday Globe"

While Faderman (To Believe in Women) is well known as the foremother of gay and lesbian studies, few would suspect she was the illegitimate child of a guilt-obsessed single mother, that she tried to please her mom by becoming a movie star or that she worked her way through college as a pin-up girl. Faderman's mother and aunt left Latvia in 1923 to work in New York and send back money to their family. They did, but neither could save their loved ones from Hitler's Holocaust, which tormented Faderman's mother endlessly. Mother and daughter moved to Los Angeles, where they supported each other's fragile mental health with a single dream: Lillian could become a movie star. She took acting classes, suffered various crushes and even endured advances by her mother's suitors, all in a blind stumble to find herself, or at least to escape the burden of her mother's unhappiness. While a guidance counselor steered Lillian back to school, she still had to fumble her own way to a sexual identity. Pre-liberation, this meant cop hassles, job paranoia and fake marriages to gay men, as well as the usual broken hearts. Still, by the end, Faderman became a bigwig at Cal State, with a baby and a lover and a gay studies program. Exceedingly honest, endearing and profound, Faderman truly shows readers the distance she's traveled, from "little momzer" to esteemed academic. Agent, Sandy Dijkstra. (Feb. 12) Forecast: This should be popular among lesbian, Jewish and even general readers. Blurbs from Vivian Gornick and others, coupled with a national author tour, will get things going. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

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