Well, it's been a while, my friends. I was out of commission for a bit, and then went through several books before finding THE lesbian summer reading book. And then I found it! And here it is. The Furthest City Light, by Jeanne Winer, from one of our favorite publishers, Bella Books.
Now, first of all, those of you who have been constant readers know my wishes, but for those of you who are new, I'll state them here since it's been a while. (1) A damn good book. (2) About a lesbian. (3) Where the book isn't just about BEING a lesbian, but about a real woman who loves women and something else happens other than discovering she loves women. Should be easy to find, but it's not.
THIS is that book.
I have to admit I was skeptical. Here's the Amazon summary:
"Like most public defenders, Rachel Stein is an adrenaline junkie. Inspired by the case of a battered woman who stabbed her husband to death, she devotes herself tirelessly to the woman’s defense. It’s the kind of case every public defender was born for. The case could change the course of law, but it ends up changing the course of Rachel’s life instead.
A story of resourcefulness in a treacherously unstable world where bad things happen to good people, The Furthest City Light illuminates a journey of hope and revelation for a woman who cares too much."
So I figured, okay, it's a legal thriller. Neat. And then I got a little farther into the book, and it's a story about traveling to a war-torn country in Central America. Also cool. Also a love story of sorts. These three things shouldn't all go together. But oh, how they do.
Ladies, put your money where your fingers go (on the keyboard, silly!) and buy this book immediately. Literally Lesbian is hereby naming The Furthest City Light as the Literally Lesbian Book of the Summer 2013.
This is a personal, funny, character driven, beautiful adventure story. Our heroine is an out and proud lesbian who you will, dollars to donuts, come to adore and love. Rachel is a character we can all see a bit of ourselves in. Yes, she fights legal battles (which I don't) and experiences life-changing moments in Nicaragua (where few of us will ever go), but she's a real, full, intense woman with a long-term love at home in constant danger of destructing. You will love her. You will root for her. You will want to be her.
Through her challenges and triumphs, you will follow her, gladly. And the tension will keep you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. I was panting by the end, and that's with a nice glass of wine in my hand. If you're reading this, and you're a lesbian who likes to read about lesbians, go buy this book. I'll stake my reputation on it - you'll love it.
P.S. Oh, and for those of you who care, the sex scenes are hot enough for this summer.