like a woman named a finalist for Lambda Literary Award in Lesbian Fiction!
“‘Like a woman’ is gritty but tender: charming in its immodesty and sinewy as a junkyard dog.”-Los Angeles Times
Like Dorothy Allison’s Bastard Out of Carolina, Debra Busman’s like a woman is a vivid coming-of-age story, revealing the lives of teenage girls on the streets of Los Angeles, trying to hold onto their sense of humanity against a backdrop of racism, poverty, sexism, and violence.
“Gut-wrenching tale… a laudable debut.” – Publishers Weekly
“Busman makes her gritty characters’ experiences specific yet universal… the book’s no-holds-barred treatment of racism, abuse, sexual orientation, and living on the streets makes it timeless.” –Foreward Review
“Brilliant… this child Taylor will long remain with you, a worthy companion, breathing compassion and the extraordinary will to live.” – Bettina Aptheker
“In prose as lucid and passionate as any manifesto, this contemporary feminist anthem offers us a hero who both charms and challenges readers by way of her acuity, grit and depth. Like a Woman is destined to be a classic. “ – More from Lambda Literary
“Like a Woman mimics Taylor’s two sides; it is lyrically beautiful in its depictions of thoughts and feelings, while being abrasively blunt with dialogue and actions. The sum of the two is a breathtaking first novel.”-Read More at Shelf Awareness
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