by Ann Roberts
Kate Mitchell notices girls in first grade, and despite the messages of the straight world, Kate’s rebellious nature forces her not to comply. She finds herself in many memorable mishaps – she ruins a wedding, takes a girl to the middle school dance, and falls in love with her best friend.
While growing up gay isn’t easy for anyone, it’s especially difficult for Kate, whose mother has a future in politics. Having a lesbian for a daughter may jeopardize Barbara Mitchell’s chances at winning a legislative seat, but the antics of Barbara’s brother, Kate’s uncle, may collapse the whole family.
Furthest From The Gate is a humorous chronicle of a woman’s coming of age, her complicated relationship with her mother, and the responsibilities to family that last a lifetime.