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BENEDICTION

One of the finest novels of this or any season unveils a story taken from many lesbian lives, a story that will awaken memories in us all…

Grace is a junior at Immaculate Blessing Academy for Girls in Queens, New York. She deeply admires young, devout Sister Mary Alice. Her best friend is Anne, whose central topic of conversation is how far she will go with her boyfriend. Grace is relieved to be dating unaggressive Glen, who is thinking of becoming a priest.

Grace looks up to the swaggering, self-assured Linda Amato, star center of the champion basketball team. Then she accidentally discovers an electrifying secret about Linda.

When Grace meets rebellious, sensuous Meg, her entire life becomes a cauldron of powerful emotion and chaotic desire. To be close to her, Grace defies her mother. And risks her friendship with Anne. Glen makes new demands and Sister Mary Alice issues a troubling moral challenge.

And Meg – what is Grace to make of Meg’s ardent yet contradictory behavior? Can the intimidating, intriguing Linda Amato help to lead Grace out of this morass? And will Grace have the courage to break all conventions and claim the love, and the life, she comes to see is her true nature and destiny?

This book was originally published in 1991 by Naiad Press.


Diane Salvatore
Diane Salvatore
is the author of four novels, BENEDICTION, which was a Finalist for the Lambda Literary Award; LOVE, ZENA BETH; PAXTON COURT; ONE OF OUR OWN; and a story collection, NOT TELLING MOTHER. (Watch for the reissue of these books in the coming months.) During her nearly 30 years as a senior-level editor and editor in chief at several of America's national women's magazines, she served on the board of the American Society of Magazine Editors and appeared frequently on the Today Show and Good Morning America. Today she is publisher of Broadway Books. Diane and her partner of 28 years live in New Jersey and dote on their mother-son mini-long-haired dachshund pair.