So, here it is. The official kick-off of the book club dedicated to stories by and about black lesbians from around the world. I’m very excited about this.
The book chosen is Linda Villarosa’s “Passing For Black”.
What the jacket says:
Being black, the right kind of black, was difficult. It was like being in a cult — a secret society with rules as fluid as waves . . .
In the six years that Angela Wright has been with her fiance Keith Redfield, her life has settled neatly into place. Keith, a professor of African-American history, has helped her become comfortable in her own skin. And Angela’s career at Desire Magazine is thriving. She’s got nothing to worry about — or so she thinks.
Angela’s best friend Mae is always there to ground her, whether they’re talking incessantly about their hair or gossiping about their rival Tatiana Braithwaite — a milk chocolate Barbie with beauty, breeding, and an irritating knack for perfection. Mae reminds Angela how lucky she is to have found a successful, single brother. But when a chance meeting leaves Angela consumed with desire for an intriguing stranger, she impulsively decides to follow wherever it may lead — from outrageous underground sex parties to intimate encounters that are both torrid and tender.
Now everything that Angela has come to believe about sex, love, identity, and race is called into question as this explosive new passion blows her world wide open . . .
Chapters Prologue – 8: July 10th
Chapters 9 – 16: July 17th
Chapters 17 – 24: July 24th **Will also be announcing next book at this time**
Chapters 25 – Epilougue: July 31st
The copy of the book I bought has about 15 great discussion questions in the back, but it assumes that we’ll be reading the whole book beforehand. They’re great to use as a guide while you’re reading. I’ve already started underlining points I would like to talk about with you guys.
As always, feel free to put your reading suggestions and any other thoughts in the comments below and be sure to spread the word. I want as many voices as possible. Happy reading!!