To change the world, you need to take risks. That’s something Carol Schwartz knows bone deep. And it’s something she’s prepared to do. She learned about risk as a girl. She never understood why, but her father chose to go to Vietnam and she never saw him again. Now Carol, a Berkeley-educated idealist, tutors high school students. A Jewish lesbian, she’s a community activist in Oakland. And she’s learned to take risks of her own. She gambles her inheritance, her love, even her own well-being. Across the years—from the mid-eighties to the post-9/11 world—the stakes get ever higher and her gambles more desperate. Until finally Carol finds out just what’s left when the last gamble is lost.
Activist, author and teacher, Elana Dykewomon is one of the finest thinkers the women’s movement has produced. Winner of the Lambda Literary Award and the Ferro-Grumley Award, she has taught composition and creative writing for the past fifteen years. Her books include Beyond the Pale and They Will Know Me By My Teeth.
|June 1, 2009